Here is what I have tried so far:

  • Re-registered Spotlight App

    1. dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    2. sfc /scannow
    3. powershell
    4. Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like “*SystemApps*”} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
  • Removed all spotlight background images from C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_<Package ID>\LocalState\Assets folder and removed roaming.lock and settings.dat C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_<Package ID>\Settings

Based on this tutorial.

None of these solutions worked. When I set my lock screen to background Windows spotlight preview shows an empty screen.

Does anyone have any other ideas on what should I try in order to get Windows Spotlight to work?


You're running Windows 10 Enterprise. This is relevant because the Spotlight Group Policy settings only work on Enterprise and Education editions, so it's possible you have a policy set that disables it.

  1. Run rsop.msc
  2. Check the locations (policy paths) listed in this article: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/client-management/group-policies-for-enterprise-and-education-editions for any enabled policies that would disable Windows Spotlight, specifically:

    1. User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content > Configure Spotlight on lock screen
    2. User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content > Turn off all Windows Spotlight features
    3. Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Do not display the lock screen
    4. Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Search\Don't search the web or display web results
  • Just checked rsop.msc there is no administrative templates section. – alljamin Dec 2 '17 at 11:11

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