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Microsoft will issue an update to fix a Windows 7 bug it created

Windows 7 Out Of Support
Windows 7 Out Of Support (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft will send out one last bug fix for Windows 7.
  • The update will fix a wallpaper bug that Microsoft accidentally caused recently.
  • The update will roll out to all Windows 7 users, not just those that paid for Extended Security Updates.

Windows 7 has one last update that's on its way to all systems running the older operating system (via The Verge). The update fixes a wallpaper bug that caused PC displays to appear black when a wallpaper is set to Stretch. At the moment, the workaround for the bug is to set your wallpaper to Fill, Fit, Tile, or Center, but Microsoft is working on a resolution for the issue.

The bug first appeared in update KB4534210 (opens in new tab). That was supposed to be the last update to Windows 7, but since it included the wallpaper bug, an update with a fix is on the way. A Microsoft support document (opens in new tab) states that Microsoft is "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 Verge points out that the update was initially only going to be available for organizations that purchased Windows 7 Extended Security Updates, but will instead ship out to everyone. Some around the web had already begun criticizing Microsoft for shipping an update with a bug and then planning to charge people to fix it through an upgrade to Windows 10. Now, people will receive the fix for free.

Windows 7 officially fell out of support this month. Microsoft continues to push people towards Windows 10, but many are still on Windows 7. The German government will have to pay €800,000 for Extended Security Updates and a recent study shows that Windows 7 is "nearly ubiquitous" at large companies.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

1 Comment
  • You take off the wallpaper, and there are nothing to pay