Microsoft to fix wallpaper bug on Windows 7 caused by end of support update

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Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 7 two weeks ago, but the company has since acknowledged that the latest “Patch Tuesday” update for the 10 years-old OS has introduced an unexpected wallpaper issue (via The Verge). This is a minor bug that may cause your wallpaper to appear black when set to “Stretch,” but the company said that this will be fixed in an upcoming update.

In the known issues for the latest Windows 7 patch (KB4534310), the company explained that users affected by this wallpaper bug can mitigate the issue by either choosing other alternatives to Stretch including Fill, Fit, Tile, or Center, or by simply switching to wallpaper that matches the resolution of their desktop. “We are working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release, which will be released to all customers running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1,” the company said.

It’s quite embarrassing for Microsoft to introduce a bug in the last public patch for Windows 7, but it’s good to see that the company will act on it as soon as possible. It won’t be the first time that Microsoft releases a patch for an unsupported version of Windows. As an example, the software giant did release an emergency patch for Windows XP following the discovery of the “WannaCry” ransomware exploit.

However, the company invites Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible, while organizations that are not ready to upgrade will be able to pay Microsoft for Extended Security Updates for three more years.