Windows 10 will keep your lock screen awesome with its curated, personalized slideshow of images in Windows Spotlight, but what about your desktop background? For those who are wondering where you are able to find some of the pretty Windows Spotlight images for personal use, you must be thinking they are stored on somewhere. Is that right?
It is true that Windows Spotlight photos are saved on the hard drive. The thing is that they re just tricky to find. There are easier methods to nab the Windows Spotlight photos that you love for your desktop background than finding the files on your PC, but if you really want to root around in the hidden files of your Assets folder, here is everything to do:
1. The first thing that you have to do is to open File Explorer and navigate the Asset folder. You are able to do this by pasting the following address into the address bar of the File Explorer:
%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy. Aside from that, you are also able to find the folder through the simple click through the navigation:
C: > Users > (your username) > AppData > Local > Packages > Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1htxwy > LocalState > Assets
Please keep in mind that you need to make the hidden files visible.
2. In the folder named Asset, you will be able to see a bunch of files with long, not very user friendly names. Please choose all of them and press Ctrl+C to copy them.
3. Then, open another folder. It is the one that you can easily find again and press Ctrl+V in order to paste your copied files into the new folder.
4. Some of those files are the images of Windows Spotlight that you are looking for. In order to see the images, you have to change the file extensions to .jpg. You are able to do this individually by clicking on the file and changing its name to pic.jpg. You are also able to use the Command Prompt to change all the file extensions at once. If you want to change all the file extensions at once, please open the folder that you saved the files in and click File > Open command Prompt > Open Command Prompt. By doing that step, a Command Prompt windows with the file path to your files will open. In the windows, you need to type “ren**.jpg and press Enter. In the end, all the files will not be JPEG files.
5. The next thing that you have to do is to right click inside the window and click View > Large Icons. Now, you will be able to see all the images that have recently cycled through Windows Spotlight. You can delete any files that you do not want.
6. Finally, Windows Spotlight are pulled from Bing and cycle periodically. So, you might have a plan to re-check the Windows Spotlight ever so often for the new images that Windows has pulled from the web.