How do I reset Windows Spotlight

Reset Windows Spotlight

I'm using Windows Spotlight on my Windows 10 laptop lock screen and I accidentally liked some photos and they keep popping up. Is there a way to change your mind about a photo or just reset the whole thing?


The same problem with the Windows Spotlight lockscreen image on Windows 10 also frustrated me.

Not being able to "change your mind" after selecting either "I want more" or "Not a fan" is a real problem. I've described what worked for me below. It may not be a complete solution, especially if Microsoft changes how Spotlight works, but for now it seems like a good enough solution.

WARNING : This involves changing values ​​in the Windows registry. So be warned that this is generally considered a dangerous course of action if you are unsure of what you are doing. Proceed at your own risk. Don't hold me responsible if you break your machine.

The basic idea is that the current lock image is saved under the following registry path:

  1. Open the Windows registry
  2. Follow the registration path:
  3. Find the key "" and double click on it. The "Edit String" dialog box opens.
    • Go to the 'Value data' field. It contains a fairly long JSON string with parameters that affect how the lock screen works.
    • If you scroll through the JSON string on the far left, you will find many key-value pairs, including: "creativeId", "placementId", "impressionToken". (These aren't very useful for what we need, but I just highlighted them as a checkpoint to see if you're on the right track.)
    • The important points for this process approach when you see "onHover", "onPositiveFeedback", "onNegativeFeedback" and the one who has our problems "feedback Provided" will solve.
    • If you've given feedback before, it's worth " true ". If you don't have it, it will" not correct In our case, where we want to change the decision we have made, it should already be "true", so the value needs to be changed from "true" to "false".
    • Change that particular value and it should now be
      (Note: don't change anything else. All of the rest of the string should stay the same.)
  4. Once you've done that, click "OK" and you can close the registry.
  5. If you lock your screen now, the current image should now allow you to make selections again.

Note: Since this registry path contains the settings for the current lock screen image, obviously several parameters will change if Windows decides to change the lock screen for you. I think among these many parameters there is some kind of "time-to-live" for the current lock screen.

Note 2: The location of the images is also in the registry path mentioned above, but in the "HotspotImageFolderPath" registry key. Currently, on most Win 10 computers, the default should be:

Update: Here is a Powershell script to update the feedback flag:

I just ran into the same problem as described by Blazinator. And note: this is after previously viewing and editing the string.

I can, however, say that the string is actually there! For some reason it's just invisible: however, you can highlight and copy it: Here's how:

  1. Press the [Home] button to place the cursor at the beginning of the string.
  2. Then press both Shift + End keys to highlight the entire string (you can't see it is highlighted, but it is).
  3. Press [Ctrl] + [C] (or right click and choose Copy from the menu).

You can then paste the entire string into the notepad and edit it there (Note: It's a good idea to turn off the Line Wrap option in the Format menu, otherwise it can lead to some carriage returns.) When you're done editing done copy and paste the entire string again (make sure to overwrite or delete the original (invisible) contents).

However, in response to the original post, the "feedbackProvided" part of the string is "false" even though I clicked "like". So my alternative solution is to simply replace the image file with another image of the same filename. - Here's how:

  1. Find the image file in the in Note 2 folder specified above and copy it to a convenient location.
  2. The images are in .jfif format. Just add .jfif as an extension and open it with a graphics program. (Tip: If you copy all of the pictures and add the .jfif extension, you can easily tell which picture it is.)
  3. Then paste another picture over it and save it.
  4. Then remove the .jfif extension again and copy it back to the pictures folder to overwrite the original file.

That will work too.

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