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Fix Windows 11 Lock Screen Slideshow Not Working Issue

In this article we will teach you how to Fix Windows 11 Lock Screen slideshow not working. Whenever you lock your computer or device, and if it locks itself because you haven’t used it for a while, Windows 11 will show its lock screen. It is designed to prevent others from seeing or accessing your PC while you are away from your keyboard. And to make it beautiful, Microsoft allows you to show wallpapers on it. The lock screen in Windows 11 can display any picture you like, display multiple pictures in a slideshow, or even new pictures every day downloaded directly from Microsoft’s servers. You can also Customize Lock Screen in Windows 11.

The activation process is different from the installation process, which requires a product code. It differs from post-installation registration in other ways as well. A licensed copy of Windows and a particular computer system are linked by the Windows activation process.

In principle, such a link should prevent the same copy of Windows from being installed on more than one computer, as used to be possible with earlier versions of the operating system. So what exactly happens if you don’t activate your Windows 11 operating system? It is true that nothing bad will happen. There is practically minimal disruption to system functionality. The only thing that is not available in this situation is customization, for example the slide show. Below we have mention the steps to solve Windows 11 Lock Screen Slideshow Not Working issue.

How to Fix Lock Screen Slideshow Not Working in Windows 11

Set Windows 11 Lock Screen Slideshow Manually

  • You need to set the lock screen slideshow manually in Windows 11 or Windows 10 as the default settings don’t work that way. The good news is that you can easily configure the lock screen slideshow in Windows 11 using Windows Settings.
  • Open The Settings App On Windows 11 and go to Personalization> Lock Screen.
  • On the right side, you can see a drop-down list that says Background. Expand this list and select the Slideshow option.
  • By default, it collects pictures from the Pictures folder. That is, you may want to include some images in there to display in your slideshow.

Activate Windows to use the slideshow feature

  • You must have to activate Windows 11/10 to use the slideshow feature. Although there are some workarounds to work around this limitation, you should opt for this method if you haven’t already done so. Without activating your copy of Windows, you will be able to access the Personalization panel in Windows Settings.

Check the images if they are not erased

  • By default, Windows 11 and Windows 10 include some pictures in the Pictures folder, allowing you to set up a slideshow on the lock screen. Despite that, if those images are deleted by mistake, you might run into this issue from time to time.
  • FYI, this Pictures folder is your Library folder that appears when you install Windows on your computer or create a new user account.

Do not delete the folder selected for the slideshow

  • As mentioned, you can select multiple folders with pictures for lock screen slideshow. However, if you have deleted those folders by coincidence, the Windows 11 lock screen slideshow would stop working automatically. So you have to check whether those chosen folders are intact or not. For that, navigate to the folder path and check them accordingly.

Re-add folders and pictures

  • When you have problems with existing folders and pictures, it is recommended to delete them and re-add folders and pictures for Windows 11 lock screen slideshow. In other words, you are about to reset your screen slideshow crash in Windows 11/10.
  • Press Windows + I to open the Windows Settings panel and go to Personalization> Lock Screen.
  • Select the folder you want to delete from the list and click the Delete button.
  • Then click the Add a folder button and choose the folder full of images.
  • Now, restart your computer and check if it solves your problem or not.

Do not turn off the screen after the slideshow has played

  • When the slide show ends, Windows 11 automatically turns off the screen to save power. However, that itself creates the problem that the slide show does not work in Windows 11. Therefore, you must choose the option to prevent Windows 11 from turning off the screen when the slide show ends. For that, you can find Advanced Slideshow Settings option under Personalization> Lock Screen.
  • After that, expand the Shut down screen after the slideshow has played for the list and select the Do not shut down option.

Fix slideshow stopped working by enabling it from Power Options

  • You can enable or disable the slideshow according to your power plan to save battery life when using a laptop. That being said, it creates the problem in Windows 11. For that, you need to check the corresponding settings in the Power Options.
  • To get started, Open Control Panel in Windows 11.
  • Then find the power options in the Control Panel search box and click the Change power saving settings option.
  • Then, click on the Change plan settings option and select Change advanced power settings.
  • Now expand Desktop Background Settings> Slideshow. Make sure the settings are available.
  • If paused, expand the list and select the Available option.

Check the indexing settings to index the slideshow folder

  • Due to malware, viruses, Trojans, adware, ransomware, etc., Windows may not index a certain path, folder, or file type. If the selected images are PNG or JPG and Windows 11 does not index those file types, you may find the problem on your PC. For that, search for “indexing options” in the search box on the taskbar and open the corresponding result.
  • Then click on the Advanced button and switch to the File Types tab.
  • Here you can find all file extensions. Find out PNG and JPG and make sure these two options are checked.
  • Otherwise, check those boxes and click the OK button to save the change.

Allow lock screen slideshow in GPEDIT

  • There is a Group Policy setting called Prevent slideshow from being enabled on lock screen. If this setting is enabled, you cannot set lock screen slideshow in Windows 11 or 10. So you need to check the settings to verify.
  • Open Windows Run Command Dialog Box, type gpedit.msc and hit the Enter button.
  • Then navigate to the following path: Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Control Panel> Personalization
  • Double-click the Prevent lock screen slideshow setting and select the Not configured or Disabled option.
  • Click the OK button to save the change.

Check the lock screen lock in Registry Editor

  • Like the Local Group Policy Editor, it is possible to prevent users from changing the lock screen by using the Registry Editor. If the same setting is enabled in REGEDIT, you may encounter the problem that the slideshow does not work in Windows 11.
  • For that, Open Registry Editor in Windows 11.
  • Then navigate to the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows Personalization
  • You can find a REG_DWORD value called NoLockScreenSlideshow. If so, right click on it and select Delete option.
  • Then confirm the deletion.
  • However, if you can’t navigate to the path mentioned above or if something is missing, that means you don’t have to check this setting.

Use Windows Spotlight

  • Windows Spotlight is equally useful as a Slide Show, as it also displays various images obtained from Bing. However, it requires an internet connection to update. If you want, you can enable Windows Spotlight on Windows 11 lock screen.
  • For that, you need to open Windows Settings and go to Personalization> Lock Screen> choose Windows Spotlight from the drop-down list.

Final Words

We hope our article on how to fix Lock Screen slideshow not working issue in Windows 11will help you and resolve all your problems. Windows 11 comes with an lot of customization features including it’s lick screen as well, but being an latest release it is very common to have such issues, though there are ways mentioned above through which you can resolve this issue.

James Hogan
James Hogan
James Hogan is a senior staff writer at Bollyinside, where he has been covering various topics, including laptops, gaming gear, keyboards, storage, and more. During that period, they evaluated hundreds of laptops and thousands of accessories and built a collection of entirely too many mechanical keyboards for their own use.


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