Windows 7 definitely won’t ever receive any more bug fixes (errm… apart from this one for its wallpaper)

Graham Cluley
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Windows 7 definitely won't ever receive any more updates (errm... apart from this one)
Remember how I explained earlier this month how Microsoft wasn’t going to release any more updates to Windows 7, and how it would be a really good idea (if you care a jot about security) to switch to a newer version of Windows or something else?

Yeah, well, about that…

Turns out that Microsoft’s final ever ever (pinky swear!) Patch Tuesday update for Windows 7 contained a bug. Specifically, if you had chosen to “stretch” the background wallpaper you had chosen for your Windows 7 desktop it would not be shown. Instead you were likely to see an ugly black wallpaper instead.

Oh dear, how calamitous.

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Impacted users took to Reddit and Microsoft’s support forums, with pitchforks and flaming torches demanding a fix from the software giant.

And, it appears, Microsoft is listening. It has offered mitigation advice for how Windows users affected by this wallpaper catastrophe – which can be summed up as: stop stretching your wallpaper, or choose a wallpaper which fits properly.

To mitigate the issue, you can do one of the following:

  • Set your custom image to an option other than Stretch, such as Fill, Fit, Tile, or Center.
  • Choose a custom wallpaper that matches the resolution of your desktop.

But more than that, as Bleeping Computer reports, Microsoft plans to release an update in an upcoming release which will be released to all customers running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Phew! Thank heavens for that.

And there I was imagining Windows 7 users might actually have an incentive to switch to a more secure operating system…

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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