How to access Microsoft Windows 10 Spotlight lock screen pictures

Many people use Windows 10 now, and one of the first things I noticed was the beautiful lock screen photos that are displayed via the revolutionary new feature called “Windows Spotlight”, which can only be accessed if you are signed in to your computer with a Microsoft account. If you haven’t activated this feature, simply right click on the desktop, go to Personalization, select Lock Screen options, then change it from Picture to Windows Spotlight. The only bummer is that the computer changes these pictures randomly, and if you want to view them later or set them as a desktop background, then follow these steps:

Here is how to access these pictures inside your computer (they are technically yours, since they are on your hard drive and you own your hard drive, so this isn’t piracy in my book):

Open Windows Explorer, and copy and paste the following directory address in the address bar, entering your Windows username where it says username:

C:\Users\username \AppData\Local\Packages\


If this direct method does not work, then go as far as Packages and search for either “Assets” or “LocalState” in the search bar. That is how I found it. In the Assets folder, you will find lots of files with long hexadecimal names. Copy and paste all these files into a different folder (don’t move them, that is unexplored territory!). Now that you have these beautiful blank hexadecimal files, you need to tell the computer that they are jpeg files, since they have no extension straight from the Assets folder. This is the easy way: download and install this extension changer, which allows you to make them all jpeg files that the computer will know how to deal with. To use the program, find the file path of the folder you put the picture files in, specify what no extension is (I called it n). Think of n (or whatever) as a variable. Then specify jpg as the replacement. Here is my screen right before clicking go:


So, that’s the easy way in my opinion. The other way is faster perhaps: simply click “view” in the file explorer window then click “view file extensions.” Once you do this, you can select all the hexadecimal-named files and right click on them, then select “rename.” When you do the rename, make sure you rename the file extension to .jpg as well. Then the naming scheme will be like this: “Name.jpg, Name.jpg(1), Name.jpg(2)” and so on.




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