- Microsoft announced the official end of support on Windows 7 earlier in January.
- However, a bug found in the update has affected the normal functioning of Windows 7.
- The bug fix will be released by Microsoft free of charge for all Windows 7 users.
Windows 7 is on its way to being booted out on most computers after Microsoft officially ended support for one of the world's most popular operating systems after a span of 10 years. The last public security updates for Windows 7 were rolled out earlier this month, after which Microsoft would stop working on any upgrades for the operating system. While the rollout of the update was supposed to carry on as expected, Microsoft has revealed it has hit a snag.
In a post on Windows Support forum, Microsoft has confirmed that a pesky bug rolled out as a part of the final public security update is causing the desktop wallpaper on Windows 7 to go black when set to Stretch. The Windows 7 update KB4534310, which was released around mid-January, contained the bug, which is only affecting the wallpapers after they are stretched. Other settings such as Fit, Fill, Tile, or Center are working just fine, Microsoft has revealed in the post.
Just when Microsoft thought it is finally done with Windows 7, the bug has alarmed the company about any other potential bugs that might be hidden and may emerge later. While that is uncertain, Microsoft has announced that the bug fix will be available to everyone using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The move is uncharacteristic to what Microsoft usually does for the out-of-support operating systems, which is charging users either $25 or $50 per machine for the ESUs.
For now, Windows 7 users should be relieved as the bug, if they have noticed, will be patched without having to pay Microsoft for doing so. Any further updates after the one that fixes the wallpaper bug are unlikely, though unless, Microsoft scrutinises the latest update only to discover more bugs. Well, that would be embarrassing on Microsoft's part, especially if it happens right after the company has already put the last nail in the coffin.