Windows 7 still receiving updates

Windows 7: New update available despite the end of support

Panagiotis Kolokythas

Now Windows 7 has received an update after the end of support. The update fixes an annoying bug.

EnlargeWindows 7: Desktop went black after Windows update

Microsoft actually didn't want to deliver any updates for the operating system after the end of support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. One of the last updates for Windows 7 caused an annoying bug, which is why Microsoft has now delivered another update for Windows 7. Initially, Microsoft did not even want to deliver the update to all Windows 7 users, but only to partners who pay for the extended Windows 7 support.

With the newly released update KB4538692, Microsoft fixes a bug in Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008) that caused the desktop background to remain black. The problem arose after Microsoft delivered the important (and actually last public) Windows 7 update KB4534310 or KB4534314 on January 14, 2020. Specifically, the bug always occurred when a user wanted to display the screen background stretched on the desktop. Due to the error, the screen background was no longer displayed and the desktop background remained black.

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The KB entry for the update shows that the update now solves the problem. The update only fixes this bug. The approximately 40 megabyte update is available from Windows Update. Alternatively, the download can also be downloaded from the Microsoft Update Catalog and then installed.

For the manual installation of the (maybe really) very last, public Windows 7 update KB4538692, there are two important requirements, according to Microsoft:

1.) At least the SHA-2 update KB4474419, which will be delivered on September 23, 2019, must be installed on the Windows 7 computer. Alternatively, a more recent SHA-2 update is sufficient.

2.) The SSU update KB4490629 from March 12, 2019 or a more recent version must be installed on the Windows 7 computer.

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