[Fix] Lock Screen Slide Show Feature Not Working in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1
When Microsoft released Windows 8.1, the company added a new feature "Slide Show" on Lock Screen which allows users to select desired images and then those images are shown on Lock Screen in form of a slide show. The background image on Lock Screen automatically changes to the selected images after certain time interval when this Slide Show feature is enabled.
The same Slide Show feature is also available in Windows 10 operating system which works the same way as in Windows 8.1.
But there is a small bug or glitch in this feature in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. Sometimes this Slide Show feature doesn't work for many Windows users. Recently I got a comment from an AskVG reader "Paolo":
Please I need help with lock screen slideshow on Windows 10 64-bit. It doesn't works on my PC. I put images on a folder, all pics are jpg and I select folder for slide show, but nothing happens. Some solution(s)? Thank you so much.
I don't use Slide Show feature on Lock Screen but to help the reader, I enabled the feature in my Windows 10 PC by going to "Settings -> Personalization -> Lock Screen" and then selected "Slideshow" option from the drop-down box. I also added a folder containing several wallpapers to provide the album for slide show.
But surprisingly the slide show feature didn't work for me as well. When I locked the computer using WIN+L key combination, Lock Screen was showing only the current background image. It didn't start any slide show of images.
After doing some research and changing settings and options at several places, finally I was able to enable Slide Show feature on Windows 10 Lock Screen.
If you are also using Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 and the Slide Show feature is not working on Lock Screen, following methods should help you in fixing this annoying problem:
METHOD 1: Remove and Re-add Images Folder
First of all try following simple fix:
1. Open Settings app from Start Menu or press WIN+I keys together to directly launch Settings app.
2. Now go to "Personalization -> Lock Screen" and click on the existing folder containing the images for slide show feature. Now click on Remove button to remove the folder from the list.
Do the same thing for all existing folders present in album list.
3. Now re-add desired folder by clicking on "Add a folder" button.
Now check if the slide show feature has started working by locking your computer using WIN+L keys together. You can also try to restart your computer to take effects.
METHOD 2: Change Lock Screen Slide Show Advanced Settings
If the above mentioned method doesn't work for you, try following:
1. When you are on "Settings -> Personalization -> Lock Screen" page, click on "Advanced slideshow settings" link.
2. Now set "Only use pictures that fit my screen" option to Off and set "Play a slideshow when using battery power" and "When my PC is inactive, show lock screen instead of turning off the screen" options to On.
NOTE: Second option "Play a slideshow when using battery power" will only be available on laptops and tablets.
Now the slide show feature should start working on Lock Screen.
METHOD 3: Enable Slide Show Feature on Battery in Power Options
Although this option is related to Slide Show feature of Desktop background but you can try the same method to fix Lock Screen slide show issue:
1. Type powercfg.cpl in RUN dialog box or Search box and press Enter. It'll open "Power Options" window. You can also open it from Control Panel or WIN+X menu.
2. Now click on "Change plan settings" link present near your current power plan.
3. Again click on "Change advanced power settings" link present in next page. It'll open a new dialog box which allows you to change various advanced settings of power plan.
BONUS TIP: You can directly open "Advanced power settings" dialog box using control powercfg.cpl,,1 command in RUN dialog box as mentioned here.
4. Now expand "Desktop background settings -> Slide show" and set "On battery" option to "Available" from the drop down box.
Apply changes and it may also fix the issue.
METHOD 4: Disable Ctrl+Alt+Del Requirement on User Login
If the option "Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to unlock" is enabled on your Windows 10 computer, the slide show feature of Lock Screen will not work.
So you'll need to disable this option to be able to enjoy slide show on Lock Screen:
1. Type control userpasswords2 in RUN dialog box or Search box and press Enter. It'll open classic "User Accounts" window.
2. Now go to "Advanced" tab and disable "Require users to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete" option.
Apply the changes and now slide show should work on Lock Screen.
METHOD 5: Enable Windows Search Service Using Services Manager
That's the solution which actually worked for me. The slide show feature on Lock Screen is dependent on Windows Search service because the images folder which you select for slide show feature needs to be first indexed by Windows Search service and if the Windows Search service is not running in background, the slide show feature doesn't work as the folder is not indexed. It seems a bug to me.
Since I don't use Search feature in Windows frequently, I always disable Windows Search service to improve performance as no indexing is performed in the background. But if we disable this service, the slide show feature stops working on Lock Screen.
So re-enable Windows Search service using following steps:
1. First of all open Services Manager using services.msc command in RUN dialog box or by using other methods as mentioned in STEP 1 of following tutorial:
2. Now scroll down and look for Windows Search service. Double-click on the entry and make sure "Automatic" is selected in Startup type drop-down box.
3. Apply changes and click on Start button to immediately start Windows Search service.
That's it. Now slide show feature should start working again on Windows 10 Lock Screen.
NOTE: Just check "Indexing Options" in Control Panel and you'll notice the same folder present under "Index these locations" which you selected as album for slide show in Lock Screen settings page. This thing proves that Lock Screen slide show feature has some dependency on Windows Search service.
PS: If you uninstalled default built-in modern (metro) apps in Windows 10 using this tutorial, you can try to reinstall the apps which may also help in this issue:
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