Final Windows 7 Update Breaks Desktop Wallpaper Feature

The last update for the Windows 7 OS has damaged some of the desktop wallpaper features and caused user’s backgrounds to become a blank black screen. Windows 7 reached its end of life on January 14th 2020, which means there will be no more fault fixes or free security updates after that date. Microsoft released the final free Monthly Rollup on the same day, KB4534310 that includes the last quality updates and free security updates for Windows 7 users.

According to multiple reports in the Microsoft Forums, people have got to know that after installing the Windows 7 KB4534310 and rebooting the PC, their desktop wallpaper would no longer be displayed. Security team as capable of reproducing this issue and when using any other image position, the wallpaper properly displays. Once you configure it to use ‘Stretch’ and restart, the image will be black.

In the tests, the WallpaperStyle Registry value is properly set to ‘2’ to symbolize the ‘Stretch’ option and the ‘Wallpaper’ value points to the right image. Security team has found out to Microsoft and asked if they would get rid of this bug even though Windows 7 has reached EoL, but we have not heard back as of yet.

Tips to fix the black Windows 7 wallpaper:

In case you are one of those users who are affected by this wallpaper bug, you have two options at the moment:

* Uninstall the KB4534310 security update as it contains vital security updates, which we strongly don’t recommend; or

* Take a screenshot of the ‘Stretch’ mode before a restart and then use that screenshot as your wallpaper.

You have to go through the below-given steps to use option 2,

  1. When the image is showing a blank black screen, go to the wallpaper settings and set the image position to “Fill” and then back to “Stretch”. This will cause the Stretch mode to stick and your image to look normal until you restart.
  2. Tap upon the “Save Changes” button.
  3. Close all Windows and right-click on the desktop and choose “View” and untick “Show Desktop icon” and “Show Desktop Gadgets”.
  4. Take a screenshot of your desktop, remove the part of the wallpaper displaying the Start Menu and Taskbar, and save the resulting image to a folder.
  5. Go back to the image settings and opt for this saved screenshot as your wallpaper. For the position setting, choose “Center” and then tap upon “Save Changes”.

After that, your desktop image will be back and appear like it would as if you had selected the “Stretch” setting.