Windows spotlight will display one of a set of images provided my MS at random. I appreciate the variety, but not MS's taste in landscapes. I want to be able to choose my own set of images, while retaining the automatic random selection feature.

It is possible to display a single image by selecting "Picture" from the "Background" drop-down under Personalisation->Lock screen. However, only a single, static image can be selected at a time. Switching back to "Windows spotlight" removes the right to choose which images are displayed.

Is there any way of using the random selection feature without having to use MS's images?

  • This sounds as if you're not seeing the Slideshow option. That's been there since Windows 8.1. Maybe the setting is disabled in the registry for some weird reason?
    – JollyJoker
    May 14, 2019 at 12:28
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    @JollyJoker I saw the Slideshow option, but I assumed that it the lock screen would update the image every ten seconds or something, as opposed to updating only every day or so or when the system boots or whatever. Besides, unfortunately the choose options selection which appears when I select Slideshow is present but greyed out. I guess I should raise another question.
    – user234461
    May 14, 2019 at 15:41

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Put some images into a folder such as 'Lock Screen', set the Background to Slideshow then choose the album for your slide show pointing at the 'Lock Screen' folder.

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Version 10.0.17134 Build 17134

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    Can you confirm this will choose an image at random from the folder, and not display them in any particular order?
    – trlkly
    May 15, 2019 at 3:32
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    This did not consistently rotate images for me, it always starts up with the default lockscreen image Jan 14, 2021 at 10:31
  • I'm trying this answer - lots more work though Jan 14, 2021 at 10:31
  • (And the linked answer did work successfully) Jan 14, 2021 at 10:38
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    @DavidFraser the answer was from 18 months ago. Things change, so the fix may not be valid in the latest release candidate. Jan 14, 2021 at 13:03

This is not the technical answer since i struggled with this issue. But once you go to Settings, then Lock Screen, select Slide Show on the drop down menu. It's going to pick images from all the images you have under the "Choose albums for your slideshow" so "Remove" any folder you don't want. Only leave the folder you want your slide show of.


Unfortunately Windows doesn't provide this basic functionality — the "slideshow" option does not work exactly the same the "Spotlight" random image. 🤔

But as I discovered from this answer in another thread, there is a free Windows app that does this for you.

See Dynamic Theme on the Microsoft Store
Requires Windows 10 version 16299.0 or higher

Windows 10 lock screen image changing/slideshow app

I'm not the developer, just a user that found this helpful.

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