{Solved} How to fix “Windows Spotlight Not Working” error on Windows 10

Microsoft has done some cool aesthetical changes and some of the really good features with windows 10, and one of the most beautiful or you can say most pleasant surprise or eye-catching thing is windows spotlight. Windows Spotlight enables your OS to change the Lock screen background before every sign in. Basically, windows using the Bing search engine to download all these amazing background pictures. A really cool way to make a good impression on users and it really works.

Most users are satisfied and more than happy with windows spotlight, but as we all know, not everything goes so smooth every single time. Many simple and basic Windows 10 feature occasionally cause troubles. In many cases, some users troubled with failed loading or that they stuck on one picture and unable to change it. Some users’ get so irritated with this that they decided to disable Spotlight while others who are more keen to perform the troubleshooting. If you like Spotlight and willing to resolve the issues regarding, follow the steps below.

Key troubles:

Though it’s a very amazing feature, here are some major issues people faced very often with windows spotlight

  •    Windows spotlight not showing – many times when you started your PC instead of showing a beautiful image all you can see is a blank screen. And that’s kind of a mood off. Isn’t it??
  •    Windows spotlight stuck – that’s one of the common problems people need to face. The spotlight images got stuck and it feels like your PC gets hanged. Something that frustrates users a lot.
  •    Windows spotlight stopped working – mostly this issue occurs when we use PIN to log in on our PC.  To which we have a simple solution. Just disabled the PIN sign in and you are done.
  •    Windows spotlight isn’t working on boot – if there’s an issue with your network there might be a great possibility of facing this problem. So be sure to check your network first if such a scenario occurs.

Don’t worry guys, you’ll learn the easiest and most effective ways to fix this windows spotlight not working issue through below steps. So let’s begin…

How to fix Windows spotlight not working:

So there are two ways to deal with it

1. Re-register spotlight App:

Step 1: Run command prompts as administrator

To do that first type CMD in the search box from the start menu. Then right-click on Command Prompts on the top and click “Run as an Administrator”. Click yes.

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Step 2 –

Type the following commands and press Enter key.

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dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

sfc /scannow


Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like “*SystemApps*”} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode –Register


On your keyboard, hold windows key and press L to check whether windows spotlight works or not. If you are able to see a new screen congrats!! If not then don’t be disappointed. We’ll try other methods too.

  1. Using file explorer

Step 1 –

Disable windows spotlight feature in setting app

To do those go through these steps.

  1. Press windows logo key on your keyboard and press I to open the settings window. Then click on personalize option.

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Choose picture or background under the background tab.

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  1. Hold down the windows key and press E to open windows file explorer. Then click on show/hide under the view tab and tick on hidden items.fix windows spotlight not working
  2. Go to C:\Users\<USERNAME>\Appdata\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_<PackageID>\LocalState\Assetsfix windows spotlight not working

Select all the files in the assets folder then click on the “Delete” option in Home pane.

  1. Go to settings now and enable windows spotlight. Follow the first step I mentioned above to choose windows spotlight as a background.

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And you can see a new beautiful picture every time you open your pc. Cherish the small moments of happiness.


Before jumping on these solutions try to check some of the things I mentioned below

  1. Make sure that your PC is up to date. That might be one o the reason behind windows spotlight error.
  2. Disable proxy settings.

As we know windows spotlight uses your internet connection to get every single picture. However, if there’s an issue with your connection then you might face plenty of problems.

One of the common problems that occur is with your proxy settings and to fix that we’ll suggest you disable it. Follow these simple steps.

  • Go to settings and open Network and Internet tab.
  • Now select a proxy from the left side menu and uncheck all the options. fix windows spotlight not working
  • After doing that your proxy settings will be disabled and your windows spotlight started working just fine.

Also Read: Fix Windows Store Cache may be Damaged issue

If you have any additional queries or issues regarding windows spotlight, don’t hesitate to write to us in comments.

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