Windows 7 officially reached the end-of-support deadline on
January 14 and KB4534310 is the final update for the
OS. After more than a week it shipped the update,
Microsoft admitted that the final update indeed has a bug that
breaks down the desktop wallpaper.
Microsoft said that the hotfix will be shipped to the
organizations who are paying for Windows 7’s extended
support. In a surprising move, Microsoft has today updated the
release notes of KB4534310, adding that the fix will be
released to everyone including the consumers and enterprises.
Microsoft has decided to roll out the update to everyone after
the backlash from consumers on social media. Users and
enterprises weren’t happy that the final update Windows 7
breaks down a key feature and they have to pay Microsoft for
“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 updated
Microsoft previously said that the hotfix will be released to
Windows 7 paid customers by the mid-February, but it’s not
clear when a home user still running Windows 7 on their system
will get the fix.
According to Microsoft, Windows 7 KB4534310 has a bug that
breaks down personalization settings. If you install the update
and the wallpaper mode is set to Stretch, the desktop wallpaper
turns into a black background. This affects all editions of
Windows 7 and we were able to reproduce the bug on our devices.
Until the update arrives, Microsoft says you can fix the black
wallpaper bug on Windows 7 by using any other mode than
Stretch. If you switch to Fit, Fill, or Center, and reboot the
system, the wallpaper of your choice will apply to the desktop.
Windows 7 could theoretically get a fix on February 11 when
Microsoft will be delivering Patch Tuesday updates.