How To Set The Windows 10 Spotlight Image As The Desktop Background


Say what you will about Bing as a search engine but the images it displays on your Windows 10 lock screen are simply breath taking. The wallpapers that come packaged with Windows 10 aren’t as gorgeous as the Windows 10 Spotlight images and you get a fresh one every day. Unfortunately the images aren’t credited and you don’t know who captured the stunning landscape or even what place it is. This makes it difficult to track the photo down, save it to your hard drive, and set it as the desktop background. The good news is, it doesn’t have to hard and in truth you don’t need to search for the image because it’s already on your disk. All you have to do is find it, rename it a bit, and then set it as the desktop background. Here’s how.

The only tricky part is locating the image and nothing more. You can save the current, and perhaps five other images that were previously featured on Windows Spotlight with this trick. The images refresh and it’s likely the older ones are removed at some point.


Step 1: Find where Windows 10 Spotlight images are saved. To do so, open File Explorer and enter the following location. Replace ‘User Name’ with your own user name.

C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets


The folder you open will contain lots and lots of unidentified files.

Step 2: Copy all the files in this folder to a different location. The files are a mix of wallpaper images and small thumbnails used by Windows 10 for ads. To make the sorting process easier, sort the files by size. The wallpaper images will obviously be larger.

Step 3: Rename the images with a .JPG extension. You can use a batch rename tool like the one that comes with IrfanView to add the extension. You should know that not all files in this folder are images. Some are just system junk files that the Photos app or IrfanView will not be able to open. Don’t fret about them and look for the Spotlight image you want to set as the desktop background. You might want to move it to the Pictures folder where it will be easier to find than in the clutter of the folder you copied them all to.


Step 4: Open the Settings app, go to the Personalization group of settings. In the Background tab, select the image and you’re all done.


Enjoy the beautiful image on your desktop. Rinse and repeat when you see something new that you like.