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How To Reset Spotlight In Windows 10

Windows 10 features the Spotlight feature which allows you to have a random image on the Lock screen every time you see it. 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. The images are breathtakingly beautiful. If Spotlight got stuck for you and doesn't change the image, you should try resetting it. Here is how.

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In Windows 10, Spotlight is a Universal app (UWP) which is deeply integrated with the OS. It is responsible for the image slideshow you see on the lock screen when Spotlight is enabled. Like any other modern app, it can be managed with PowerShell. You can also reset it using a special PowerShell command. In this article, we'll see how to reset it and clear its settings and cache.

To reset Spotlight in Windows 10, do the following.

Before you reset Spotlight, turn it off and select a static picture for your Lock Screen background. You might want to read the following article first: Change Lock Screen Background in Windows 10.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Personalization -> Lock screen.Settings Personalization LockScreen
  3. Under Background on the right, select Picture.Select Picture As Spotlight Set a single image to be used as the lock screen background. You can pick a specific image which is available out-of-the-box:

Now, open a new command prompt window and type or copy-paste the following command:

del /f /s /q /a "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets"

Reset Spotlight Windows 10

Next, type or copy-paste the following command:

del /f /s /q /a "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings"

Now, open PowerShell.

Copy-paste or type the following command to execute in the PowerShell console.

$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage *ContentDeliveryManager*).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest

Re Register Spotlight With PowerShell

To save your time, you can create a batch file with the following contents:

del /f /s /q /a "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets"

del /f /s /q /a "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings"

PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage *ContentDeliveryManager*).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}"

Paste the text above in a new Notepad window and save it to a file with the ".bat" extension.

Save Batch File

Alternatively, you can download the ready-to-use batch file from here:

Download Batch File

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “How To Reset Spotlight In Windows 10”

  1. Thx mate,

    been missing my Windows spotlight ever since Creators Update. Isn’t necessary but enlightens my day.
    Good work!

  2. Hello…my Windows Spotlight can’t be turned off. The dropdown box doesn’t drop down and appears to be grayed.
    I wanted to send a screenshot, but can’t seem to do that here. :( At least I have a nice picture now, but it would be even nicer to have a different one each day. Thanks for any help…needs to be step-by-step dummy proof instructions please! Linda

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