Solved Lock Screen Spotlight images not refreshing daily.


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Lock Screen Spotlight images are not refreshing daily. I have to manually force them using some of the instructions in the Lifewire article here: How to Fix It When Windows Spotlight Is Not Working on Windows 10 (lifewire.com).

I disable Lock screen Spotlight in the Personalization page by choosing "Picture", reboot, then run the set of DOS commands (fixing the forward slash errors, of course) and then the PowerShell command. Reboot, turn Lock Screen Spotlight back on, then reboot again before the images reappear. I usually have to repeat this procedure twice before I see a favorable result.

Why isn't this happening automatically? Does Windows 11 have a different refresh rate than Windows 10; i.e., a weekly refresh rate or some other frequency instead of daily? Is there some kind of registry entry I can modify (or add)? I'm not a programmer but "I know enough to be dangerous," as the old saying goes.
 
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Windows 11 Professional Version 23H2 (OS Build 22631.2715)

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
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    DIY: Custom Built Frankenstein
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    Intel Core i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz
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    Jamo S 803 (Front).
    Jamo S 8 ATM (Front Height).
    Jamo Concert Series C9 CEN II (Center).
    Jamo S 801 (Surround).
    SVS PB-1000 (Subwoofer).

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3155
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    Dell Optiplex 7080
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    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
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    DELL 0J37VM
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    32 gb
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    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    Integrated Realtek
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
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    500w
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    MT
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    Dell Premium
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    Logitech wired
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    Logitech wireless
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    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
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    Firefox
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    Defender+MWB Premium
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    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
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    Dell Optiplex 9020
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    i7-4770
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    24 gb
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
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    500w
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    MT
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    Dell factory
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    Logitech wireless
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    Logitech wired
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    still not telling
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    Firefox
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    Defender+MWB Premium
Thanks, glasskuter, for the info. Spotlight is reset. Sorry it took so long to reply. However, I don't think the images are changing daily. I reset it using the commands in Brink's tutorial (the PS command was similar except it was more complex than the one in the Lifewire article), but I saw only two new images: One old one, two or three portrait-formatted images, and two inconsequential files. I'll have to look again tomorrow or the next day. It's been too long since I reset Spotlight to know exactly when the new images appeared. I'll post my results after digging into this further.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY: Custom Built Frankenstein
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Z370-Pro Gaming
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 32 GB DDR 4 PC 2666
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA Nvidia GTX 1080 TI FTW3
    Sound Card
    Supplied by Nvidia GPU (Default) or Intel CPU
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 4K UHD UN65MU8000 (65" Smart TV)
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    OS: WD Black Performance 512 GB M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe; Storage: combo of SSDs/HDDs for 8 TB total
    PSU
    Corsair HX-1200i (1.2 KW)
    Case
    Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Steel ATX Mid Tower
    Cooling
    Corsair AIO HX100 RGB Elite
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    Logitech Wireless
    Mouse
    Acer Wireless
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    1,000 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge (Default)/Firefox/Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Sony STR-AZ1000ES A/V Receiver:
    Jamo S 803 (Front).
    Jamo S 8 ATM (Front Height).
    Jamo Concert Series C9 CEN II (Center).
    Jamo S 801 (Surround).
    SVS PB-1000 (Subwoofer).
This is a continuing problem with Windows 10/11. I use the app Dynamic Theme to override the built in Spotlight settings.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Core i7-13700K
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    Asus TUF Gaming Plus WiFi Z790
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    64 GB Kingston Fury Beast DDR5
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    Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G
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    Realtek S1200A
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    Viewsonic VP2770
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    2560 x 1440
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    Kingston KC3000 2TB NVME SSD & SATA HDDs & SSD
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    EVGA SuperNova G2 850W
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    Nanoxia Deep Silence 1
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    Noctua NH-D14
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    Microsoft Digital Media Pro
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    Logitech Wireless
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    15 Mb / s
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    Chrome
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Interesting, Steve C.

I actually copy the source Spotlight images that are buried in my %USERPROFILE% subfolder, give them the ".JPG" extension and then rename them for whatever they are or wherever they're located by researching them with Google Image Search or Bing Image Search. Then I add them to my Spotlight picture album that I created for my slideshow pictures.

My desktop background is set to use the slideshow library I created, changing randomly every 10 minutes. I have almost 500 images from when WIN 10 incorporated Spotlight. One quirk, though. Every time the picture changes, the system jumps to the previous window that I was using. Not a problem for the most part. I increase the interval between picture changes if I'm working on something sensitive where every 10 minutes becomes bothersome. Changing every 30 seconds is too bothersome. I like 10 minutes because I minimize all open applications and use the slideshow as a screensaver if I'm going to be away from my PC for a while. Anything much longer than 30 minutes or so could burn into the screen.

glaskutter, it's been a little over 24 hours since I reset Spotlight. I'll give it another day before I call it quits.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY: Custom Built Frankenstein
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Z370-Pro Gaming
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 32 GB DDR 4 PC 2666
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA Nvidia GTX 1080 TI FTW3
    Sound Card
    Supplied by Nvidia GPU (Default) or Intel CPU
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 4K UHD UN65MU8000 (65" Smart TV)
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    OS: WD Black Performance 512 GB M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe; Storage: combo of SSDs/HDDs for 8 TB total
    PSU
    Corsair HX-1200i (1.2 KW)
    Case
    Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Steel ATX Mid Tower
    Cooling
    Corsair AIO HX100 RGB Elite
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless
    Mouse
    Acer Wireless
    Internet Speed
    1,000 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge (Default)/Firefox/Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Sony STR-AZ1000ES A/V Receiver:
    Jamo S 803 (Front).
    Jamo S 8 ATM (Front Height).
    Jamo Concert Series C9 CEN II (Center).
    Jamo S 801 (Surround).
    SVS PB-1000 (Subwoofer).
I use the app Dynamic Theme to override the built in Spotlight settings.
This is a very good little app indeed Steve.
 

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    All Channels / Debian 12
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    Laptop
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    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
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    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
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    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
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    24428 Megabytes
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    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
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    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
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    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
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    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
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    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
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    Dual Fans
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    MS Bluetooth
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    Fiber 1GB Cox -us & ADSL Bouygues -fr
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    Edge Canary- Firefox Nightly
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    Windows Defender
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    VMs of Windows 11 stable/Beta/Dev/Canary
    VM of XeroLinux- Arch based & Debian 12
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    Windows 11 Insider Canary
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    Laptop
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    ASUS X751BP
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    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
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    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
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    AMD Radeon R5 M420
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    Realtek
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    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM
Well, the Spotlight images automatically change daily now without me having to force them to. But today's images reset to images presented over 48 hours ago, i.e., no new images today. I'll take what I can get, considering. Thanks, glaskuter.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY: Custom Built Frankenstein
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Z370-Pro Gaming
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 32 GB DDR 4 PC 2666
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA Nvidia GTX 1080 TI FTW3
    Sound Card
    Supplied by Nvidia GPU (Default) or Intel CPU
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 4K UHD UN65MU8000 (65" Smart TV)
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    OS: WD Black Performance 512 GB M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe; Storage: combo of SSDs/HDDs for 8 TB total
    PSU
    Corsair HX-1200i (1.2 KW)
    Case
    Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Steel ATX Mid Tower
    Cooling
    Corsair AIO HX100 RGB Elite
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless
    Mouse
    Acer Wireless
    Internet Speed
    1,000 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge (Default)/Firefox/Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Sony STR-AZ1000ES A/V Receiver:
    Jamo S 803 (Front).
    Jamo S 8 ATM (Front Height).
    Jamo Concert Series C9 CEN II (Center).
    Jamo S 801 (Surround).
    SVS PB-1000 (Subwoofer).

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