Microsoft releases KB4539602 to fix Windows 7 black wallpaper problem

On January 14, 2020, Windows 7 finally reached the end of the day. However, the KB4534310 update, released on the same day, left the operating system, which has been in service for years, suffering an embarrassing bug. Some users said their desktop wallpapers had turned inexplicably black, as if they had been mistakenly identified as using pirated systems. After a backlash, Microsoft finally acknowledged the problem and promised to provide a patch in February.

Microsoft releases KB4539602 to fix Windows 7 black wallpaper problem

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Today, Microsoft released the KB4539602 update to fix the desktop wallpaper blackening issue caused by last month’s cumulative update.

As an optional update, KB4539602 contains only wallpaper-related bug fixes (stretching causes problems that show black wallpaper).

Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 users who experience this issue can manually check Windows Update and install it in Control Panel.

If you do not have an internet connection, you can also download KB4539605 (including 32 / 64-bit version) via the official website link:

http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4539602

Before applying the patch, Microsoft recommends that users ensure that SHA-2 (KB4474419) and SSU Service Stack (KB4490628) updates are installed.

If you really don’t want to install the KB4539605 wallpaper fix, you can also select the “Fill”, “Fit” display mode.