How to restore Spotlight in Windows 10

Sometimes it happens that Windows 10 chooses not to change Spotlight loading screen images anymore. I’ve fought with this problem a couple of time already, and I’ve found all the solutions in internet confusing: some pages requires many (useless) steps, and some are not completed. If this is your case – lucky you – just follow this steps to bring Spotlight back to life 🙂

1. Enter Windows 10 settings and choose “personalization”, then on the left choose “lock screen” to get the actual settings of your computer. Switch the current setting to “picture” so that “Windows Spotlight” is not used anymore (see picture below):

2. Navigate into the following 2 folders and delete all the files inside (be careful not to delete the folder itself but only the files!). To do it in a easy way just open Windows Explorer and copy/past the following code into the address bar:


3. Now open PowerShell with administrative rights. To do this, press Windows Start with the right mouse button and choose “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” (image below on the left) or press Windows Start with the left mouse button and type “powershell”, then right click on the first result and choose “run as administrator” (image below on the right)

4 . Copy and past the string below into the PowerShell console so to reboot the Windows Spotlight system and force it to reload the data:

Get-AppxPackage -allusers *ContentDeliveryManager* | foreach {Add-AppxPackage "$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml" -DisableDevelopmentMode -register }

5. After the program finishes to load and return the prompt again, close the PowerShell console. Open again the Windows settings, navigate to the “lock screen” section and choose again to use “Windows Spotlight” (removing the “Picture” we put before):

Wait a couple of minutes in this very page, to see the original standard image of Spotlight (the one with the mountain’s lake) to change with the daily one!

Now reboot the system and watch the Spotlight new daily image.

NOTE: sometimes it takes one day to get the Spotlight back online, so it is advisable to wait for the next day to see the changes take effect.

1 thought on “How to restore Spotlight in Windows 10”

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