Find and save Windows Spotlight Wallpapers to Desktop in Windows 10. Windows 10’s Windows Spotlight feature shows beautiful Wallpapers on Windows 10 Lock Screen. You can enable this feature in Settings if it is not already enabled and enjoy Awesome Wallpapers on your Lock Screen from all around the world. With other improvements in Windows 10’s Second big Anniversary update, Microsoft has made some changes to Windows Spotlight also. Earlier, with enabled Windows Spotlight, you would only see beautiful images on Lock Screen and an option to Like (Yes, I want more!) or Dislike (Not a fan.) this feature. But now, you can see more details about the wallpaper, like, where it was taken and other details.
These Windows Spotlight Lock Screen wallpapers are so beautiful that you should have tried finding their location on your PC. You can set these beautiful wallpapers as your Desktop background as well as you can get some for your Smartphone also. But these Wallpapers are hidden deep down in the Disk Drive where Windows 10 is installed. This tutorial shows you how to find and save these Windows Spotlight Lock Screen Wallpapers to your Desktop. You don’t require to use any tool for doing this, just follow the steps shown below.
How To Find And Save Windows Spotlight Lock Screen Images?
You should have Windows Spotlight Enabled to find those Wallpapers. If you haven’t enabled them yet, you can enabled them in Settings. Click here for tutorial on how to enable Windows Spotlight in Windows 10. If you see new Wallpaper on your Lock Screen every time you logon, you have Windows Spotlight enabled on your Windows 10 PC. Here is an example-
Let’s start digging for these beautiful Wallpapers – open “This PC” on your Computer.
Windows Spotlight Images are hidden deep down in C drive (C drive is usually Windows drive). Follow this path in C: drive-
C: > Users > User_name > AppData > Local > Packages > Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy > LocalState > Assets
You should replace “User_name” by your username in Windows 10. You should also enable viewing of hidden files in order to view “AppData” folder.
You will see list of randomly named files without any file extensions. Select all of them and right-click on them. You will see a warning saying, “These files might be harmful to your computer“. Just ignore the warning and click OK.
After clicking OK, you will see right-click menu. Click Copy to copy the selected items.
You can minimize this folder after copying the files. Now, go to Desktop and create a new folder. To create a new folder on Desktop, right-click on Desktop and select New > Folder. You can give any name to this folder or you can leave it as it is.
Open this newly created folder on the Desktop and paste here all the files that you copied from previous folder. Right-click inside the folder and choose Paste.
You will have all the files of that folder on your Desktop in this newly created folder.
After pasting all the files in new folder on Desktop, you will notice that some files have size smaller than 100KB, these files are icons and other smaller images used in Windows Apps. You can delete them without any worry. It will be easy to delete smaller files by sorting them by size. Right-click on blank space in folder and select Sort by > Size.
All files will be arranged according to their size. Now, you can easily select all files smaller than 100KB and delete them. Select all smaller files, right-click and choose Delete to delete selected files.
After deleting smaller files, you will have Wallpaper files only. But all the files here are without any extensions. All these files are actually JPG files, you just have to add “.jpg” extension to all of these files to view them. Adding extension to all files one by one is not going to be easy. So, we are going to use a CMD command to add “.jpg” extensions to all files inside the folder. To open command prompt in this folder, click on Menu and choose Open command prompt > Open command prompt as administrator. Opening Command Prompt as Admin will give you Administrative access.
You may see User Account Control prompt, click Yes to continue.
Now, you have successfully opened Command Prompt with administrative rights. You can also open CMD without Administrative rights, it should work in most cases.
Now, we will use “ren” command to rename all the files in the folder. You can check full syntax of this command and other commands by clicking here. Type following command in CMD window to rename all files and add “.jpg” extension to all files-
ren *.* *.jpg
|ren||Rename specified file or group of files|
|*.*||All files with any extension|
|*.jpg||Doesn’t change filename but changes file extension to JPG|
You can now close Command Prompt. Go back to the folder, you can see the thumbnails of all the files. Double-click on any of them to view it in larger size. You will notice that there are two types of images-
- Landscape Wallpapers for Desktop PC and
- Portrait Wallpapers for your Smartphone or Tablet.
Find And Save Windows Spotlight Images using Ubuntu Bash Shell
You can also use Ubuntu Bash Shell in Windows 10 to extract Windows Spotlight Images. Use following commands on Ubuntu Bash Shell. Replace $USERNAME with your username.
$ cd /mnt/c/Users/$USERNAME $ d=Desktop/Spotlight-Images $ mkdir $d $ cp AppData/Local/Packages/*Content*/LocalState/Assets/* $d $ cd $d $ for ff in *;do mv $ff $ff.jpg;done
You see, you have got a 2 in 1 package 😀 . You can use these wallpapers as your Desktop background or as your Smartphone/Tablet’s background. Enjoy, Windows Spotlight wallpapers. You can regularly find and save those Windows Spotlight images to your Desktop to find new ones. Windows 10 will keep downloading new ones for you. You can download cool collection of Windows Spotlight images from here. Should you face any problems finding Windows Spotlight images in Windows 10, comment below.
Watch this video for more help-