How to Fix Lock Screen Slide Show Feature in Windows 10?

By Rimzhim Sharma March 16, 2017 How To, Windows

When Microsoft released Windows 8.1, the company added a new feature of “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.

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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.

Here are the various methods to fix this issue:

METHOD 1: Remove and Re-Add Images Folder

1. Open Settingsapp from Start Menu or press WIN + I key 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 Removebutton 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 the computer using WIN+L keys together. We can also try to restart the computer to see desired effects.

METHOD 2: Change Lock Screen Slide Show Advanced Settings

If the above-mentioned method doesn’t work, try following:

1. When we 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 Offand 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, hopefully the slide show feature should start working on your 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 we can try the same method to fix Lock Screen slide show issue:

1. Type powercfg.cplin RUN dialog box or Search box and press Enter. It’ll open “Power Options” window. We can also open it from Control Panel or WIN+X menu.

2. Now click on “Change plan settings” link present near the 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 us to change various advanced settings of power plan.

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 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 the Windows 10 computer, the slide show feature of Lock Screen will not work.

So we now need to disable this option to be able to enjoy the slide show on Lock Screen:

1. Type control userpasswords2in 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.


METHOD 5: Enable Windows Search Service Using Services Manager

That’s the solution which actually works most of the times. The slide show feature on Lock Screen is dependent on Windows Search service because the images folder which we 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.

So re-enable the Windows Search service using following steps:

1. First of all open Services Managerusing 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 Searchservice. Double-click on the entry and make sure “Automatic” is selected in Startup type drop-down box.


3. Apply changes and click on Startbutton to immediately start Windows Search service.

That’s it. Now slide show feature should start working again on Windows 10 Lock Screen.

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NOTE: Just check “Indexing Options” in Control Panel and we’ll notice the same folder present under “Index these locations” which we 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.


Try out any of the above methods. It will surely fix the issue, call us on our toll free number 855-765-6710 (US, Canada) & let us know if you get stuck at any point.



Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."