Personalization Reset and Re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 11


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In Windows 11, you can have Windows Spotlight display different background images on your desktop and lock screen, and occasionally offers suggestions on the lock screen.

If Windows Spotlights stops working and/or stops changing the background image, you can reset and re-register Windows Spotlight to fix it.

This tutorial will show you how to reset and re-register Windows Spotlight for your account in Windows 11.


Windows Spotlight will not work while connected to a metered network (ethernet or wireless), or in Battery Saver mode.


Sometimes it may take 24 to 48 hours after resetting for Windows Spotlight to sync again.



EXAMPLE: Windows Spotlight on Desktop and Lock screen

Windows_Spotlight_desktop_background.jpg
Windows_Spotlight_lock_screen.jpg



Here's How:

1 Change your desktop background to something other than Windows Spotlight. (see screenshot below)

This step is only available in Windows 11 build 22557 and higher.



Windows_Spotlight_desktop_background-1.png

2 Change your lock screen background to something other than Windows Spotlight. (see screenshot below)


Windows_Spotlight_lock_screen_background-1.png

3 Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.

Reset_and_re-register_Windows_Spotlight.bat


(Contents of BAT file for reference)
Code:
:: Reset Windows Spotlight
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"

:: Re-register Windows Spotlight
PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage *ContentDeliveryManager*).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}"

4 Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5 unblock and run the .bat file.

6 Restart the computer to apply.

7 After you sign in, you can change your desktop background back to Windows Spotlight if wanted. (see screenshot below)

This step is only available in Windows 11 build 22557 and higher.



Windows_Spotlight_desktop_background-2.png

8 Change your lock screen background back to Windows Spotlight if wanted. (see screenshot below)


Windows_Spotlight_lock_screen_background-2.png


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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I've applied all the steps but unfortunately didn't work for me.
 

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I've applied all the steps but unfortunately didn't work for me.
Be patient. It can take up to 24 hours for Spotlight to get its first new image after a reset.
 

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