Where is that Windows 10 screen lock image from?

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In all the time I’ve had Windows 10 on my Dell laptop, I haven’t paid much attention to the images that show up when the screen is in lock mode. There are definitely some beautiful images that show up, but I just didn’t give them much thought until today.

Then this image popped up on my screen today (see below). I immediately thought, “Wow, that place looks amazing! That’s a place where I would love to go to explore for my Arts Adventurer site!” But I didn’t see any logical way to ID where this picture was taken … a right-click on the desktop only allowed me to control my desktop icons or move through to another background image. Scroll down to find out how I solved this question …

where is this Windows 10 screen lock image from?

I searched the question of “how to find location of screen lock images” and most of the results showed where to find the location on my hard drive, not the location of the image itself. I saw one search result that suggested I could find the images on my hard drive, and then right-click to find out more image info, but there were only 5 or 6 images in this particular hard drive folder: C:\Windows\Web\Screen\. The image I was looking for was not included, so there must be some other location where they are mysteriously stored.

So why is Microsoft so coy about sharing info about these images? I have no idea, but I did finally find a solution. I took a photo of the screen lock image with my cell phone, then uploaded the image to Google image search – a sort of reverse search using the image itself rather than any descriptive words – and found my answer: it’s San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo, Basque Country, Spain. The lone building on the island is a hermitage dedicated to John the Baptist that dates from the 10th century and is believed to have been built by the Knights Templar. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, it has been reported that season 7 will have scenes filmed here.

Below is another image that shows a different perspective – one that shows more of an overview of the island itself, rather than a focus on making the stone bridge look monumental, as the Windows image shows.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

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