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    I have activated Windows Hello on my brand-new Surface Go. (A fun little machine, by the way.) When I turn on my machine, it shows a background image and some Windows Hello icons and such. Then it recognizes me, and my desktop appears. No problem, very convenient.

    My question is this: where do those backgrounds come from? They are not the same each time, and some are quite attractive. I’d like to download them and use them as my wallpaper, but they do not appear to be stored on my machine. Where are they and how can I access them?

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      The images are provided by “Windows Spotlight“, which is selected at Settings, Personalization, Lock screen, Background (as an alternative to a Picture or Slideshow of your own).

      Their location is:


      See How to Find and Save Windows Spotlight Background Images in Windows 10 if you wish to copy them to your own folder and rename them as .jpg files.

      There is also a free Dynamic Theme app available via the Microsoft Store which makes it easy to use Windows Spotlight or Bing daily images as desktop background.

      Be warned that Windows Spotlight can be slightly fragile, and it may occasionally be necessary to Reset and Re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 10 (and then wait up to 24 hours) if the images stop changing.

      Windows 11 Pro version 22H2 build 22621.1194 + Microsoft 365/Edge

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