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One More Update For Windows 7 Will Address Wallpaper Issue

By February 6, 2020May 9th, 2022Technology News

As you’re probably aware, Microsoft has officially pulled the plug on Windows 7 support for everyone except those who are paying for the privilege via the company’s ESU (Extended Security Updates) policy.

The final Windows 7 update was KB4534310. After that, unless you’ve paid for ESUs, no further updates are coming, no exceptions.

Well, except for this one exception.

After Microsoft issued their final Windows 7 update, users complained of an issue where if you’ve selected a custom wallpaper and you use “stretch” mode to display it, instead of getting a stretched version of the image you selected, you get a black screen.

Microsoft acknowledged the issue and announced that they’d fix it for ESU members only, in the next update. This didn’t sit well with the still surprisingly large Windows 7 user base, who complained loudly. The company caved, and has subsequently announced that a fix for the desktop image issue will be made available to all Windows 7 users.

It’s a small victory, to be sure, but a victory nonetheless. Windows 7 users can pat themselves on the back for getting one final update out of Microsoft after the company announced end of support for Windows 7. It would be a mistake, however, to believe that this is the new norm. That all the users have to do is complain loudly about issues and Microsoft will swoop in with a fix.

The end of support for Windows 7 has been on the company’s radar for more than two years. They’ve announced it at regular intervals and bent over backwards to try and entice Windows 7 users to upgrade, and they’ve gone out of their way to provide extended support.

With this fix, we’ve essentially reached peak patience. It’s extremely unlikely that the Windows 7 user base will get anything more from the company. If you’re not already doing so, it’s well past time to start making plans to migrate away from Windows 7.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.