Pictures that you personally have in your library or slideshow. You can get an idea of the types of images that you can use in the preview window that is above. You can get there be clicking Select on the Windows Spotlight and follow the drop down menu.
You can try a quick test by locking your PC once you Windows Spotlight has been selected (keyboard shortcut Windows Key + L). This may take awhile for the pictures windows to load depending on your Internet speed since the images are being taken from the Bing servers. You could have some lag time, as Window will take the images before hand if the feature is turned on. This could also happen if your PC is trying to update the image database the same time as it is being unlocked.
You will sometimes find a message that pops up that will say something about asking if “like what you see”, this will occur when you are previewing your new Windows images on the lock screen. You will be given a chance to either answer yes or no. If yes, hover over “I want more” or if no, you hover over “Not a fan. By doing this, future images will be custom tailored to your liking thanks to Windows and Bing. This is similar to the features that Pandora or Apple Music have when you can give rating to custom song playlists.
Click on Settings if you are ever in the need to discontinue our use of Windows Spotlight for lock screen images. Choosing Picture or Slideshow for the “Background” drop-down menu can do this. These will both not prefer you to download images from Bing but rather use the images you have locally.
Where to Find Windows Spotlight Lock Screen Images
Now that you have done the hard work of having your Windows 10 Anniversary Update devices use Spotlight for Windows lock screen images, it is important to locate them. This won’t be the easiest to do but using these tips, you should be able to do it in no time to change Windows 10 Anniversary Update lock screen images.
The part that makes this a bit tricky is that the images you are trying to find are located in your User folder that takes awhile to find. For you to find them, you will have to enable “show hidden files” option in File Explorer. You can do this by clicking the View tab after opening a new File Explorer window. You can then click the Options button that is located on the far right of the File Explorer ribbon toolbar
Select View when the Folder Options window appears. Then, hit View tab, click the Show hidden files, folder, and drives when you are in the “Advanced Settings” list.
Save the changes by clicking Apply and then clicking OK to close the Folder Options window. Once you are in File Explorer, navigate to This PC > C: > Users > [Your User Name] > AppData > Local > Packages > Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy > LocalState > Assets.
You will prefer to use a desktop-sized version of the images if you decide to use the Windows Spotlight for you laptop, or desktop PC. These are the versions that have largest sizes. You can check by the “Size column is enabled after you switch File Explorer to the “Details”. This will help you identify the correct images.
Now that this part is behind us, we look towards figuring out what the mess of files mean. Take some of the files that have the larger sizes since these are normal JPEG images and add another folder to your desktop on your PC by copying it. Click F2 once you highlight the file and rename it by right clicking and choosing Rename.
You have the choice to rename to file or just simply add “.jpg” to the end. If you decide to do either as you will need to add the JPEG extension. After, you should be able to see open the Windows Photos app by double clicking on it.
Windows actually is in control of the Asset folder that containing the images of Windows Spotlight that you can use for your lock screen. It is important to refresh this frequently to get the images you like as soon as you see them. If you want the Windows Spotlight feature to work well, copy any files out of the folder before you rename them.