Windows 7 last update replaces wallpaper with a black screen

Windows 7 devices

On January 14, Microsoft shipped the
final security and non-security update for Windows 7, but
it appears that a bug in the update replaces the desktop
background with a black screen.

According to several reports on Reddit
and Microsoft’s
forum, Windows 7 KB4534310 contains a weird bug that
replaces an existing desktop wallpaper with a black screen.
Some holdouts are also reporting that the desktop background is
reverted to solid black colour on every reboot.

It looks like the bug usually happens when Microsoft’s
activation server thinks that the PC is not activated or using
an illegal product key, and it’s entirely possible that
Microsoft’s activation servers were having problems. Some
Windows 10 users are also reporting the issue, which points to
possible issues with Microsoft’s activation server.

“I just had the same problem. However not all images seem to be
affected. My main monitor is running at 1920×1080. A 2560×1440
image does not work for me while at least a 1920×1200 does. I
did not check more resolutions. Also it turned out that
different Picture positions (mine was set to “Stretch”) work
for said 2560×1440 picture,” a Windows 7 user confirmed the

Users are claiming that uninstalling the offending update
(KB4534310 or the security-only update KB4534314) resolves the

“This too is happening for my company. All PCs, laptops or
desktops, that were running Windows 7 were affected. All are
joined to a domain and we also have the extended support,” a
user said.

If your screen has turned black after applying the patch, you
should try out different wallpaper resolutions before
uninstalling the update.

KB4534310 installation issues

Additionally, some holdouts have run into issues when
installing Windows 7 KB4534310.

At the time of writing, more than 180 users have confirmed the Windows 7
update installation issues on Microsoft’s forum.

Microsoft has yet to acknowledge these problems with Windows 7.

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