How To Fix Windows Spotlight Not Working on Windows 11

Some users experience that Windows Spotlight does not work on Windows 11. Here’s how to solve it when it doesn’t show any image.

how to fix windows spotlight not working on windows 11

Windows 11 brings the Windows Spotlight feature that shows Bing wallpapers and changes automatically every one to two days on your lock screen. Some users reported that Windows Spotlight not working since they upgraded to Windows 11. This post will help you to solve it.

This issue is also experienced by some users using Windows 10, and you can apply the same to Windows 10, too, with a slightly different user interface.

Problems

Upgrading to Windows 11 isn’t trouble-free for some users. Here are the issues this post will help you to solve:

  • Windows Spotlight doesn’t show any Bing wallpaper (it shows the default, blue Windows 11 wallpaper instead).
  • Windows Spotlight doesn’t change to a new image.
  • Either or all the above issues happen despite the Windows Spotlight feature being enabled on the lock screen.

Possible causes

Here are the potential reasons why Windows Spotlight doesn’t work properly:

  • Windows Spotlight feature isn’t enabled.
  • Windows 11 isn’t connected to the internet.
  • Windows Spotlight feature’s related files are corrupted.
  • Windows 11 hasn’t been updated through Windows Update.
  • Windows 11 is still new and leaves some bugs that are experienced by some users.

Fixing Windows Spotlight not working on Windows 11

Fixing the Windows Spotlight not working problem can be done by resetting the feature through Command Prompt and PowerShell. Before proceeding, you might want to ensure that the feature is enabled, then disable it to help reset Windows Spotlight.

Ensure the Windows Spotlight is enabled

Before proceeding to reset Windows Spotlight, ensure the feature is indeed enabled. You can do that by opening the Settings > Personalization > Lock screen. Select Windows Spotlight on Personalize your lock screen option.

enabling the windows spotlight

Log off from your Windows 11 PC, and see if your lock screen has updated its wallpaper to Bing wallpaper or Windows Spotlight. You might want to wait for some time as your PC has to download the image before setting it as a lock screen background.

Resetting Windows Spotlight

This method requires you to disable Windows Spotlight by switching the background picture to Picture or Slideshow. This helps the reset process and to avoid unwanted problems that might occur by the Windows Spotlight being enabled.

Disable Windows Spotlight

To disable Windows Spotlight on Windows 11, search the lock screen settings and click Change your lock screen background.

opening lock screen settings on windows 11

Select either Picture or Slideshow.

personalization lock screen disabling windows spotlight

Now that Windows Spotlight is disabled, let’s reset it so it can work properly.

Re-register the Windows Spotlight using PowerShell

Re-registering Windows Spotlight helps fix the feature being corrupted, which is a similar way to fixing other corrupted apps on Windows 11. Open PowerShell by searching it on the Start menu, and selecting Windows PowerShell.

powershell on windows 11

On PowerShell, enter this command line:

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

Try this command line if the above one doesn’t work:

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

Restart your PC.

Reset Windows Spotlight settings and delete Windows Spotlight image files

Resetting Windows Spotlight settings and files can help fix the feature not working properly. You can either use Command Prompt or manually delete them using the File Explorer.

Open Command Prompt by typing it on the Start menu. Select Command Prompt.

opening cmd on windows 11

On the Command Prompt, enter this code:

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"

You can also manually delete the Windows Spotlight images and Windows Spotlight settings by accessing the following path on File Explorer:

C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\

Before entering the above path, change [username] to your Windows 11 account username. Enter that path to the File Explorer. The path is the same path you can use to convert the files inside to PNG or JPG to get the current Windows Spotlight images.

Delete Assets and Settings folders inside the above path. Restart your PC.

resetting windows spotlight on windows 11

You should now see the Windows Spotlight image after re-registering the feature using PowerShell and resetting the feature using Command Prompt. If Windows Spotlight still isn’t working on Windows 11, try the next method:

Uninstall your antivirus

An antivirus on your Windows 11 PC might conflict with the Windows Spotlight feature. This might count for all antivirus, such as Bitdefender, McAfee, or Norton. You might want to uninstall it to see if this solves the Windows Spotlight issue, then try making an exception for Windows Spotlight if the antivirus causes the issue.

To uninstall an antivirus, open the Control Panel > Uninstall a program. You can access it by typing it on the Start menu.

uninstall an antivirus

You can also try disabling Windows Defender.

Update your Windows 11 through Windows Update

If all of the above suggestions still don’t help Windows Spotlight not working problem, you might want to ensure that your Windows 11 is up-to-date. Unupdated Windows 11 after an upgrade might leave some unwanted issues, including the one relating to Windows Spotlight.

To update your Windows 11, check for updates by accessing Windows Update. You can type it directly on the Start menu, and click Windows Update.


Windows 11 leaves some issues after an upgrade to some users, including the one that causes Windows Spotlight to stop working properly. The above methods should solve the problem and Windows Spotlight should now show a new image on your lock screen.

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