Windows 7 will reach the end of life in four months, and will no longer receive security updates. But Windows 7 users seem to have started reporting a problem that was called the black desktop issue, which came to media attention last week.
Although the final updates looked pretty regular, Microsoft has now reported that some Windows 7 users are having wallpaper problems. “After installing KB4534310, your desktop wallpaper might display as black when set to Stretch,” admits Microsoft.
Setting the screen wallpaper to choices other than Stretch doesn’t seem to cause any problems. Therefore, before an update is usable, the suit, fill, screen, and center wallpaper settings may need to be done by Windows 7 users. The problem also affects custom wallpapers which don’t suit the screen resolution of the PC.
Microsoft reacted very quickly to the initial problems with the black screen but only with workarounds. Basically, it told Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 users to avoid the’ Stretch’ mode, and/or to use a wallpaper sized to fit the monitor resolution you are using-to avoid the lack of wallpaper woe.
Previously, Microsoft promised to provide the entities willing to pay for Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 7. So, the solution to the black desktop problem was initially meant for the ESU-opting organizations and scheduled for release in mid-February.
Nonetheless, Microsoft will get the organizations paying for ESUs riled up by launching the patch for each customer without charging a penny.