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Microsoft ‘forced’ to release free Windows 7 update

A couple of weeks after its official end of support

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Just when it looks like Microsoft is finally putting an end to their updates for Windows 7, users started reporting a bug on the system.

Apparently, there are some issues regarding the wallpaper. It was reported that after installing the KB4534310 Windows 7 update, the wallpaper would turn to black when set to Stretch. On the other hand, tile, fill, and fit are working properly.

Microsoft changed its mind overnight, deciding to distribute updates that can fix the bugs for free. But that’s probably because they are the ones that caused it. Computers running on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows 7 are eligible of receiving the patch.

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The Cupertino company proposes a program called Extended Security Update (ESU) which extends support towards Windows 7 for up to 3 years. However, this is a paid program; so it means users have to purchase the ESU to avail of this software support in the future. It might cost business anywhere from $25 to $50 per machine, and it’s expected to cost twice as much year after year.

Microsoft has officially ended the support for Windows 7 last January 14. Although it’s unusual for Microsoft to declare another public patch or update towards systems marked out of support; the majority of users who complained about the bug forced the brand to come up with a free fix this time.

Anybody here who experienced this Windows 7 black screen bug? Were you able to get the new software update?

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