Windows 7 end of life

Windows 7 will get additional update due to wallpaper bug in final monthly rollout

Although Windows 7 support has ended, Microsoft will push another update to resolve wallpaper bug introduced with the final monthly rollout released in January 2020.

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft made available the final update (KB4534310), which marked the end of support for Windows 7, but only after a few days, the software giant confirmed that the final monthly rollout has a bug that cause problems setting wallpapers in the desktop.

According to the company, after installing update KB4534310, the desktop may show a black screen when the wallpaper is configured as stretch.

Originally, Microsoft said that a patch was in the works, but it was only to be available for organizations with a paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) subscription. However, due the problem being caused by a problem in the last update, the company has now decided to make the update available for anyone running Windows 7.

The company noted the change in known issues section for update notes. “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.”

Although it’s unusual for Microsoft to push maintenance updates after a product is not longer supported, the nature of the problem is forcing the company to briefly extend the support of Windows 7 a little longer.

Microsoft has said that the fix will be available for paying customers sometime in February, but it’s unclear if everyone else will be getting it the same day.

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