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How to enable Spotlight for desktop background on Windows 10 (Dev Channel)

Windows 10 Spotlight will soon let you set dynamic backgrounds on the desktop, and here's how to enable the option (but feature still doesn't work).

Spotlight collection option

On Windows 10, Windows Spotlight is a feature that shows different stunning images curated by Bing automatically on the Lock screen. The feature was added with the intention to give you the feeling of a fresh look every time you sign in to your account. The only caveat is that the feature is limited to the Lock screen, and it’s not available to have the same experience on the desktop.

However, starting with build 20231 available in the Dev Channel, Twitter user Albacore (@thebookisclosed) found out that Windows 10 now ships with a new “Spotlight collection” option inside the Personalization settings.

At the time of this writing, the feature still a work in progress and doesn’t work, so it’s unclear how Microsoft is planning to implement the settings. But if it’s anything like the Lock screen experience, we can assume that when “Spotlight collection” is enabled the desktop background will dynamically change at least once a day.

If you want to enable the option in its current state, you can complete this task using a third-party tool known as “ViVeTool” created by Rafael Rivera and Lucas in GitHub.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to enable Windows Spotlight for desktop backgrounds in the latest preview of Windows 10.

Enable Spotlight for desktop background on Windows 10

To enable Spotlight to set dynamic desktop backgrounds on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open this GitHub website.

  2. Download the file to enable the new “Spotlight collections” settings.

  3. Double-click the zip folder to open it with File Explorer.

  4. Click the Extract all button from the “Compressed Folder Tools” ribbon.

    Extract ViveTool
    Extract ViveTool
  5. Click the Extract button.

  6. Copy the path to the folder.

  7. Open Start menu.

  8. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  9. Type the following command to navigate to the ViveTool folder and press Enter:

    cd c:YOURFOLDERPATHViveTool-v0.2.0

    In the command remember to change the path to the folder with your path.

  10. Type the following command to enable new Disk Management tool on Windows 10 and press Enter:

    vivetool addconfig 26008405 2

    Enable Spotlight for desktop backgrounds
    Enable Spotlight for desktop backgrounds
  11. Restart your device.

Once you complete the steps, the Background settings will now include a new “Spotlight collection” option which in future updates will display image curated by Bing on the desktop.

If you want to revert the changes, you can use the same instructions, but on step No. 10, make sure to use this command: vivetool addconfig 26008405 1.

You can always check all the improvements that Microsoft has been working on for future releases of its desktop operating system in this comprehensive guide.