Earlier this month, Windows 7 reached its end-of-life (EOL) period.
Despite this, Microsoft has decided to release one final update that will fix the black wallpaper bug.
The KB4534310 Patch Tuesday update is the culprit that caused it.
To the surprise of many, the black screen turned out to be a bug, and users of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows 7 will be receiving a fix in due course.
Companies that are subscribed to Extended Security Updates will be receiving it first – the rest of the users will get it at a later date.
What triggers the bug?
The problem occurs when you are trying to set your wallpaper to Stretch.
Since the patch is not out yet, you are advised to rely on one of the workarounds in the meantime.
Instead of using ‘Stretch’, either use ‘Center’ or select an image with custom-tailored dimensions that match those of your computer screen.
Tile, Fill and Fit also work.
Even if you’ve already triggered the bug, using one of the suggested methods should resolve the issue.
There is also the option of upgrading to Windows 10 free of charge.
At the time of writing, it is still available from unofficial repositories.
Continuing to use an out-of-date operating system is not recommended.
If you want to keep receiving security updates for Windows 7, there is a way – namely, the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates programme – however, this will cost you.
This option will remain available until January 2022.
In theory, there is a possibility of Windows 7 receiving further updates.
For instance, if the world witnesses another major-scale malware outbreak such as WannaCry, then such a scenario would not be off the table.