Microsoft has created the login screen of Windows 10 that is more visually pleasing than ever by displaying the high resolution images in the background. This one is automatically enabled as part of Windows Spotlight.
Every picture is good enough to be used as the wallpaper on your desktop background and if you have seen one recently that is worth adding to your collection, there is the possibility the image is still stored locally. However, accessing the cached lock screen photos is not that simple. Among the other ones, they are saved to the unfrequented location in Windows 10’s user files.
Where to find the lock screen images? As the prerequisite, please make sure to enable “Show hidden files, folders and drives”. You can do it by opening the Windows File Explorer, clicking on View and then checking the box beside “Hidden items”. After that, copy this directory path below into your File Explorer:
Once you are there, you should see a series of files without nay file extensions or thumbnail previews, so you are not able to tell if they are even image files much less wallpaper worthy ones, in fact a lot of them are lower resolution images that are not adequate for any desktop background, such as app icons.
Sorting the files in order to find the bigger ones is the great method for picking out the higher resolution images and you are able to rename the files manually with .jpg at the end to start using them as you would with any other image.
However, the process of gathering and renaming the files is easier if you copy all of them to the new directory where you are able to apply the extension to every file at once with the Command Prompt, at which point the wallpapers will be apparent from the thumbnail previews.
In order to batch rename the files with .jpg as the suffix, here are the steps:
- The first thing that you have to do is to open the Command Prompt window by right clicking Start > Command Prompt.
- Then, go to the new folder.
- When you are at the new lock screen images folder, please enter the command.
- After that, all of the files in the folder should be automatically appended with the .jpg file extension. If some of them still lack thumbnail, you can try to change the suffix from .jpg to .png.
Aside from getting the Windows lock screen images locally, you can also use the app. there is an app called Dynamic Theme that allow you to browse, save and rotate images from Bing and Windows Spotlight automatically. This one offers some advanced options such as letting you to save the new images every day to the local folder. Another good app is known as Spot Bright. It is another one that will allow you to download the Windows Spotlight wallpapers with no fuss. Feel free to try any method that you want.