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How To Save Windows Spotlight Lock Screen Pictures In Windows 10

In my previous article, I have already covered a tutorial on how to disable ads in Windows 10 Lock screen. In which I discussed about Spotlight feature in Windows 10 and how to turn it off or on. After reading this article one of the readers has asked us how to save windows spotlight pictures featured on the lock screen of Windows 10.

If you’re not aware of Windows 10 spotlight feature? No worries! This useful feature download and set beautiful images as Lock Screen background picture in Windows 10. By default the feature is disabled, but can be enabled easily under Personalization section of Setting app.  You can check my previous article on how to disable spotlight ads in Windows 10  for step by step instructions.

If you really like the beautiful pictures of Windows Spotlight featured on your lock screen and want to set as desktop background in Windows 10, just follow the steps mentioned in the following line to locate and save Windows Spotlight pictures on to your PC Hard disk.

You can also change Windows 10 login screen background image, simply follow the steps mentioned in the tutorial to do so.

personalization

1. The first step is to enable the Windows Spotlight feature if you have turned it off. (Ignore this step, if Windows Stoplight is enabled). For that, you need to launch Settings App and click on Personalization.

windows spotlight

2. Under Personalization window, choose the Lock screen tab and using the drop down select Windows spotlight.

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3. For the first time when you turn on Spotlight, it will take few restarts to get some pictures in your cache. To make the process quick and get more images in cache, you need to look for Like what you see? and then click on I want more! to see more images.

file explorer hidden box in windows 10

4. You can find spotlight image under users folder. To check them, you need to first confirm that you’re seeing hidden folder. For that, you need to launch File Explorer and switch to view tab. Now click on Show/hide and from the option check mark the Hidden items.

5. After that navigate to the following folder or you can directly paste the path in the file explorer address bar.

%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets

6. Now this will take you to the folder in which you will see lots of meaning less files. Out of these some are the image you’re looking for.

assets folder in windows 10

7. You need to copy all the files (Ctrl+A is the quickest way) in the Assets folder and paste them to a new folder.

While doing this Windows will show you warning The files might be harmful for your computer. You see this message because you’re moving the files to other folder and Windows don’t identify these type of file. You need to click OK to complete the copying process.

8. In the new folder where you copied all the files. You need to rename all the files in the folder to include a JPEG or JPG extension.

open command prompt as administrator

You can easily do it using Command Prompt. In the folder where you copied all the files, click on File -> Locate Command Prompt, and after that select Open command prompt as administrator to launch Command Prompt at your current location.

9. In the Command Prompt terminal, execute the following command:

ren *.* *.jpg

command prompt in windows 10

10. Now this will rename all the files in the directory to current names plus the .jpg extension. Close the Command Prompt and refresh the folder (F5). Now you will see that files have thumbnails. Just keep them and delete the rest of files that doesn’t have a thumbnail.

spotlight images

In the folder, you will see small files that might be used for the displays and icons. You can also remove that too.

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