Microsoft said it ended support for Windows 7 operating systems last month, but that isn’t stopping the company from issuing bug fixes, apparently.
According to Windows Central, the company released an update last week that fixes the Windows 7 wallpaper bug that caused wallpapers set to “stretch” to appear as solid black images rather than the images set by a person.
The bug fix was sent to every Windows 7 user, not just those who are paying an arm and a leg to keep their Windows 7 systems running securely and efficiently because they didn’t upgrade to Windows 10 for some reason.
The update is available to anyone running Windows 7 SP1 and Server R2 SP1, Windows Central reported.
Microsoft breaks down the prerequisites on its support page:
You must have the following updates installed before you apply this update. If you use Windows Update, these updates will be offered automatically as needed.
- You must have the SHA-2 update (KB4474419) that is dated September 23, 2019 or a later SHA-2 update installed and then restart your device before you apply this update. If you use Windows Update, the latest SHA-2 update will be offered to you automatically. For more information about SHA-2 updates, see 2019 SHA-2 Code Signing Support requirement for Windows and WSUS.
- You must have the servicing stack update (SSU) (KB4490628) that is dated March 12, 2019 or a later SSU update installed. For more information about the latest SSU updates, see ADV990001 | Latest Servicing Stack Updates.
Organizations do have the option of paying Microsoft for extended security patches for up to three years, but that can be extremely costly for your company.
Businesses and educators still using the beloved operating system will have to pay $25 per machine per year, but that doubles to $50 in 2021 and again to $100 in 2022.
It’s even more expensive for Windows 7 Pro users. It starts at $50 per machine and doubles to $100 in 2021 and again to $200 in 2022.