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If Windows Spotlight stuck on same picture, this how-to guide will show you steps to reset or re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 10.

We all know that Windows Spotlight feature in Windows 10 automatically displays fresh images on lock screen, if it is enabled. We’ve also shared the fix, in case if Windows Spotlight feature is not working for you. Here is the link to that fix:

Fix: Windows Spotlight not working in Windows 10

Now in this article, we’ll show how you can reset Windows Spotlight feature to default or factory configuration. Re-registering or resetting Windows Spotlight will be particularity useful for you, in case if fixes mentioned in above linked article couldn’t help you. In order to re-register Windows Spotlight, you need to work with few commands and you’ve Windows Spotlight at its initial configuration. Since these commands includes PowerShell version, you can easily deploy it in domain environment as well.

How To Re-register Windows Spotlight In Windows 10

So here is how you can reset/re-register Windows Spotlight:

How To Re-register Windows Spotlight In Windows 10

NOTE: If you want to backup previously displayed Windows Spotlight images, you should do it before you perform below mentioned steps. Because after going through these steps, those images and related content of Windows Spotlight will be erased for sure.

1. Open administrative Command Prompt.

2. Type or paste the following command and press Enter key:

DEL /F /S /Q /A "%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets"

How To Re-register Windows Spotlight In Windows 10

3. Once the above mentioned command executed, type in another similar command and hit Enter key:

DEL /F /S /Q /A "%USERPROFILE%/AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings"

How To Re-register Windows Spotlight In Windows 10

Once this command execution is successful, close Command Prompt.

4. Open Windows PowerShell and type in or paste following cmdlet and press Enter key then to execute it:

Get-AppxPackage -Name Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}

How To Re-register Windows Spotlight In Windows 10

Close Windows PowerShell and reboot your machine. After restarting the machine, select Windows Spotlight against Background for your Lock Screen, under Settings app. We’re pretty sure that this time Windows Spotlight will work as you expect from it.

That’s it!

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  • Unfortunately, the above Fix also did not work. When I log on with another nUser account, the Windows Spotlight does work.

  • Worked for me. Windows Spotlight was out since update to Windows 10 1703. Excellent !!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help 😎

  • Good morning from Nigeria kapil, I’ve been going through some post and have seen how people problems are being attended to, thanks for that.
    I have my own pressing issues on my pc which is about activation.

    My PC came with windows 10 RTM core single language, and I upgraded it through the free upgrade, window was activated with digital entitlement.
    The following week after the upgrade, the system crashed and was taken for reinstallation, after that I found out that they install windows 10 Pro and window was activated and I guess with fake key.

    Now I’m getting message that my window will soon expire and I need to activate window.

    Please what do I do to enjoy my digital entitlement?
    Which window will I install because I can’t see rtm core single language anywhere, please do you have a link to get it.
    This rtm core single language, what version of window is that so that I can download and reinstall.

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