Windows Spotlight is a fancy feature which exists in Windows 10 November Update 1511. It downloads beautiful images from the Internet and shows them on your lock screen! So, every time you boot or lock Windows 10, you will see a new lovely image. However, Microsoft made the downloaded images hidden from the end user. Here is how you can find those images and use them as your wallpaper or somewhere else.
To get access to image files downloaded by the Windows Spotlight feature, follow the instructions below.
- Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard to open the Run dialog. Tip: See the complete list of Win key shortcuts available in Windows.
- Enter the following in the Run box:
- A folder will be opened in File Explorer.
- Copy all the files you see to any folder you want. This PC\Pictures is suitable.
- Rename each file you copied to add a ".jpg" extension. You can do so by either selecting each file, and pressing F2, then Tab to quickly rename files.Or an even faster way would be to open a command prompt at the selected folder and type this command:
Ren *.* *.jpg
You are done:
Alternatively, you can use Winaero Tweaker. A tool has been added to find your current lock screen image or grab the entire Spotlight image collection which Windows 10 has downloaded and stored on your drive. Unlike scripts you might be using for this, the tool doesn't collect "garbage" files like provisioned app icons and promoted app tiles. Also, it sorts images according to their screen orientation (Landscape and Portrait). You will find it under Tools\Find Lock Screen Images:
You can get the app here: Download Winaero Tweaker.
Also, you can download very huge collection of Spotlight images from here:
- Download new Lock Screen backgrounds from Windows 10 version 1511
- Download Windows 10 Lockscreen images from Windows 10 RTM
That's it. Now you can use these images like any other picture - set them as Desktop background, view with Windows Photo Viewer and so on. (By the way, here is how you can enable Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10).