Download Windows 7 KB4539602 to fix black wallpaper issues

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KB4539602 fixes black wallpaper issues

Back in January when Microsoft released the last official Patch Tuesday Updates for Windows 7, they delivered a bugged patch that caused user’s wallpapers to be replaced by black screens.

This bug was not well-received, especially in the context of it being the last update Windows 7 was to ever receive. More so, general concern stemmed from the fact that no one really knew whether Microsoft would address this issue.

And even those that believed Microsoft would fix it was worried they would have to pay for the patch, as part of the Windows 7 Extended Support.

Microsoft fixed Windows 7’s black wallpaper issue

Thankfully enough, Microsoft released a cumulative update outside of the normal Update schedule called KB4539602 and, it fixed the black wallpaper bug.

This update supports 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 Embedded Standard Edition, and other related versions.

KB4539602 Changelog

Only one key change comes with KB4539602 :

  • Addresses an issue that might cause your wallpaper that is set to Stretch to display as black.

Prerequisites to download and install KB4539602:

  • You must have the SHA-2 update (KB4474419) that is dated September 23, 2019 or a later SHA-2 update installed
  • You must have the servicing stack update (SSU) (KB4490628) that is dated March 12, 2019 or a later SSU update installed.

The updates are available via all known sources, which include:

Have any other questions or suggestions regarding Windows 7 bugs that haven’t been fixed? Don’t hesitate to reach for the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: If you want to know everything there is to know on Patch Tuesday, check out this in-depth guide.