Days before the end of Microsoft Windows 7 support Users who have chosen to maintain this operating system In their computers, they started to see how they performed Full screen warnings ask you to switch to Windows 10.
Once after the 14th day, these warnings disappeared. But those who wanted to ignore them are seeing now Another change on the screen of your computer: The desktop background has disappeared and only looks black, and that shouldn’t happen.
Windows 7… cast in black?
No, it’s not that Microsoft has decided to issue a final warning about future black waiting for those who refuse to switch to Windows 10. As a matter of fact This is an undesirable consequence of the latest Windows 7 updates, released the same day 14: KB4534310 (last monthly cumulative update) and KB4534314 (security update).
One of them, it is not known which one is certain to have caused the problem the desks in black. However, this does not affect all computers Only for those who previously had a stretched desktop images. The worrying thing is that it seems to have affected even companies that had configured their background image through a ‘group policy’.
Despite this, Microsoft has not yet identified this issue or or given any explanation for it.
Support has ended and the first vulnerability has occurred
However, this was not the only innovation regarding security vulnerabilities and patches that affected Windows 7. A few days after official support ended, an Internet Explorer security vulnerability was made public It affected all versions of Windows. Despite its seriousness, Microsoft made it clear that Windows 8.x and 10 would not have their corresponding patches until February.
And Windows 7? Well, support was over: Microsoft hasn’t warned at all in years. So this operating system he seemed doomed to immediately pull serious security holes, Microsoft is of course not the only company that can develop patches for Windows 7. The Company 0patch offers its own unofficial micropatches for different versions of Windows. Some free and some paid.
Theoretically, Windows 7 was going to start entering this last category without distinction, but 0patch has already released the micro patch for IE in Windows 7 (and higher), and it’s free.
The problem is, as 0patch explains on its website, that there are several aspects of the system that ‘break’ when installed, despite having followed Microsoft’s instructions when proposing the solution, so we must assess whether we are interested in applying it in our case. Some of these aspects are the following:
- Windows Media Player cannot play MP4 files.
- Printing from “Microsoft Print to PDF” has stopped working.
- In some cases, automatic proxy configuration scripts may no longer work.