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Windows 7 already has its first unofficial patch (and the last official has deleted the desktop background of many computers)

27 mayo, 2021

Days before Microsoft’s support for Windows 7 ended, users who had chosen to keep this operating system on their computers began to see the full-screen warnings encouraging you to upgrade to Windows 10.

After the 14th, these warnings disappeared. But those who chose not to listen to them are seeing now another change to the screen of their computers: the desktop background has disappeared, and now it is only black. But that shouldn’t be happening.


Fade to black …

No, it is not that Microsoft has decided to launch one last warning of the black future that awaits those who refuse to jump to Windows 10; in fact, eIt’s an unintended consequence of the latest Windows 7 updates, released the same day 14: KB4534310 (last monthly cumulative update) and KB4534314 (security update).

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One of them, it is not yet known which one for sure, caused the problem of the desks in black. This does not affect all teams, but only to those who previously had a stretched desktop imageto. The worrying thing is that it seems to have affected even companies that had configured the wallpaper through a ‘group policy’.

Microsoft has so far neither acknowledged nor explained about this problem.

It was to end the support, and the first vulnerability appeared

But this has not been the only news about vulnerabilities and patches that has affected Windows 7. Precisely a few days after the end of official support, an Internet Explorer security hole was made public It affected all versions of Windows. Despite its seriousness, Microsoft clarified that Windows 8.x and 10 would not have their corresponding patches until February.

Internet explorer Internet Explorer has a bug. (Image by Hash Milhan via Flickr)

And Windows 7? Well, the support was over: Microsoft hasn’t spent years warning at all. So this operating system it seemed doomed to carry serious vulnerabilities early on. But, of course, Microsoft is not the only company capable of developing patches for Windows 7. As we have already explained, the company 0patch offers its own unofficial micro-patches for various versions of WindowsSome are free and others are paid.

Theoretically, those of Windows 7 were going to begin to enter without distinction in this last category, but 0patch has already released the micropatch for IE in Windows 7 (and higher versions), and is free.

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The problem is, as 0patch explains on its website, that there are various aspects of the system that are ‘broken’ when installed, despite the fact that they have followed Microsoft’s instructions when proposing the solution, so we must assess whether we are interested in applying it in our case. Some of those aspects are the following:

  • Windows Media Player fails to play MP4 files.

  • Printing ‘Microsoft Print to PDF’ stops working.

  • Automatic proxy configuration scripts may stop working in some cases.