How to Save the Lock Screen Wallpapers in Windows 10 to your PC

Save Lock Screen Wallpapers in Windows 10

Windows 10 uses some amazing photos from around the world as background wallpapers on its lock screen. This feature is called Windows Spotlight and is enabled by default in Windows 10.

These photos are automatically fetched from Microsoft servers to be displayed on the lock screen. They are the same photos which have featured on Microsoft Bing’s homepage and now are being displayed on your Lock screen and are automatically refreshed on every login.

If you would like to save these photos to your computer or set them as your desktop wallpaper then you would just have to find them on your PC as they are already downloaded and stored somewhere. 

These photos stay on your PC for a few days before being deleted by Windows. You can copy and save the current Photo along with those of the previous few days if they are still there in the cache.

However, you have to make sure that Windows Spotlight feature is enabled in Windows 10, if you want a fresh wallpaper each day on your lock screen.

Enable Windows Spotlight Wallpapers on Lock Screen

You can enable it by going to Start > Settings > Personalization. Then click on Lock Screen, in left panel and from the dropdown under Background select Windows spotlight.

Now your PC would show you a background Photo on your Login screen which would be automatically refreshed on the next login or when you lock your PC. If you want to save these images then you can use the steps explained below.

Save Windows Spotlight or The Lock Screen Photos 

Make sure that Show Hidden Files is enabled in the file explorer before continuing with these steps.

To enable Hidden Files open the File explorer and then Go to File menu and select Change Folder and Search Options. You can also press the shortcut Alt + F + O inside File Explorer  to open Folder Options settings.

In Folder Options window, Go to View Tab and click on Show hidden files, folders and drives.

Now, Open File Explorer and navigate to the following folder 


You have to replace the username in the above file path with your own Windows username.

Alternatively, You can simply copy the path given below and then paste it in the address bar in File Explorer and then press enter.


It would automatically open the Folder containing the Lock screen Wallpaper photos.

On opening this System Folder you would find some Files with no file extension and encrypted file names. These are the image files which Windows uses on the Lock screen. We would have to copy them to a separate folder.

Press Ctrl + A to select all the Files and then press Ctrl + C to copy all of them. But, if you use Right click > Copy for copying the files, then you may notice that Windows gives you a warning saying that opening these files may be harmful.

You can safely ignore this message as we won’t be opening or making any changes to these files. So click on OK and select copy from the context menu to copy these files. 

Create a new Folder Photos on your PC and paste all these files in that folder. Close the original folder.

Open the Photos Folder where you copied these Files. Once inside the folder, Go to File menu in the File Explorer and then select Open Windows PowerShell and then select Open Windows PowerShell as administrator. 

We would use PowerShell to add .jpg extension to all of these files. This would enable these files to be opened in an image viewer app and would convert them to JPG image files.

Enter the following command in the PowerShell window and press enter. This command would add an .jpg extension to all the files in the Photos Folder. 

get-childitem -Path * | Rename-Item -NewName {[System.IO.Path]::ChangeExtension($_.Name, ".jpg")}

Go back to the Photos Folder. Now, you would have to find the Photo files with thumbnail images. Copy the images with High resolution and delete the rest of the files.