How to Find Windows 10's Spotlight Lock Screen Pictures

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If you have Windows 10's default, Spotlight feature enabled, your lock screen shows gorgeous images courtesy of Microsoft. Some of these high-quality photos are nature shots while others are pictures of great cities around the world. The pictures rotate several times a day, but what if you see an image you like and want to keep a copy of it? Windows keeps these photos buried deep in a hidden directory, but with a bit of digging, you can find them, save them and even use them as desktop wallpaper.

 Here's how to find Windows 10's Spotlight lock screen images:

1. Click View in File Explorer.

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2. Click Options. A Folder Options window will appear.

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3. Click the View tab.

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4. Select "Show hidden files, folders and drives" and click Apply.

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5. Go to This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Users > [YOUR USERNAME] > AppData > Local >  Packages > Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy > LocalState > Assets

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You'll be presented with a plethora of file names that make absolutely no sense and show no extensions. There's no great method of telling which ones are beautiful photos and which are icons, but you're better off clicking on items with larger file sizes.

6. Copy the most recent large files to another folded (ex: pictures).

Copy to pictures folder

7. Rename the files and add the files suffix .jpg to the end of their names.

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You should now be able to view the pictures in any image viewer or editor you want.

One more thing: keep in mind that Microsoft adds and removes these at its whim. If you see one you like, pounce on it and make a copy before it goes away, possibly forever.

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Andrew E. Freedman
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6 comments
  • Moshe Says:

    Let's say there are 65 files like there are in my folder. Don't rename them all manually, do it the easy way. From the Assets folder Click File > Open Windows Powershell. Then at the prompt type: xcopy * *.jpg
    That will make a copy of every file with the .jpg extension added to its name. Copy the ones you want to a different folder, then at the Powershell prompt type: del *.jpg
    That will remove all the copies in the Assets folder and leave the directory just as it was before.

  • Ab Cd Says:

    Thanks a lot! I am wondering if I can find where photos are taken?

  • paul h Says:

    Exactly what I needed. Works perfect. Make sure to follow the last step of adding the suffix .jpg when renaming the file. I had what I needed in 3 min. Thank you Andrew.

  • Anonymous Says:

    Article is "spot on". Well done.

  • RicoViking9000 Says:

    Will changing it to PNG make it higher quality?

  • mesraym Says:

    i love this how you do it but i have one problem i can not update my os system if you can help me please do help me

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