Windows 10 – Windows Spotlight Not Changing Picture

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Today I tried a handful of workarounds to try and get Windows Spotlight to change the lock screen images on one of our PCs. There are several solutions posted around the internet and this is the one that worked for me.

First open the Settings app, and then go to Personalization and then Lock Screen.

Change the Background from Windows Spotlight to either Picture or Slideshow:

Lock-Screen-Settings

Close the Settings app and open File Explorer. Browse to the following location (where yourusername is the username of the account you are logged in with):

C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings

You should see the files roaming.lock and settings.dat. Change their file extensions to .bak to change them to backup files.

Reboot your computer.

Open the Settings app again and under Lock Screen change the background option back to Windows Spotlight.

At this point I could see in the preview that the Windows Spotlight picture had changed and I didn’t have to do anything else.

 

 

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Windows 10 – Brightness Not Working (Surface Pro 3)

My wife encountered an issue on her Surface Pro 3 (running Windows 10 Creators Update) this morning where the brightness sliders had no effect on the screen.

I took a look at it and found that the following solution worked for me:

  • Open Device Manager
  • Expand Sensors
  • Right click on HID Sensor Collection V2 and then select Uninstall from the pop up menu
  • Reboot

Hopefully this helps!