Microsoft released its final public safety update for Windows 7 earlier this month, and after more than a decade, it has historically ended its support for the operating system. But we all know that some Windows 7 users installed this patch and there was a problem with the black screen that did not work properly on the desktop wallpaper. Microsoft later acknowledged that when the KB4534310 was installed, the user’s desktop wallpaper may appear black when set to Stretch. It appears to affect only stretched wallpaper, and the Fit, Fill, Tile, or Center options are not affected.
This is an embarrassing mistake and presents Microsoft with the challenge of introducing an obvious bug to the final update, which the customer has to pay to fix.
Microsoft initially said it was developing a Windows 7 fix, but the fix was only available to “organizations that have purchased Windows 7 Extended Security Update (ESU), but it changed its mind overnight and now says the fix will be open to everyone, including running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 users can download the update.
For Microsoft, it is unusual for releases of public patches and updates for operating systems that are typically marked as unsupported, as customers often have to purchase ESU. For businesses still running Windows 7, the price per computer is $25 or $50, which led the German government to pay about $887,000 for a Windows 7 PC that it didn’t have time to upgrade. However, Microsoft has in the past released public patches for Windows XP, which has stopped supporting it, to help prevent ransomware attacks.