Microsoft releases KB4539602 to fix the black wallpaper bug in Windows 7

Microsoft has started rolling out the KB4539602 update in order to fix an issue that left Windows 7 wallpapers in ‘Stretch’ mode staring at a blank black screen.

As you might be aware that Microsoft has discontinued providing the regular update support of Windows 7. It was the first Tuesday patch of 2020 (14th January) when the company delivered the final update for the operating system. After installing the patch update, many users experienced a strange bug that makes their desktop wallpaper as a solid black empty screen.

Initially, Microsoft was releasing the fix only for those organizations that were paying for the Extended Security Updates. But, ultimately now it has changed its mind and made available publicly. Alongside this, the company has also released KB4539601, a standalone package to fix Windows 7’s wallpaper issue.


Download KB4539602 to fix the black wallpaper bug in Windows 7

First of all, lots of thanks for releasing the cumulative update KB4539602 that fixed the black wallpaper bug. It supports 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 Embedded Standard Edition, and other related versions.

In order to download KB4539602, you can either use Windows Update or can get it from the Update Catalog and install it manually. 

KB4539602 Changelog

Only one key change comes with KB4539602 –

  • The company tries to fix an issue that might cause your desktop wallpaper set to Stretch to display as black.

Prerequisites to download and install KB4539602

  • You must have the SHA-2 update (KB4474419) that is dated September 23, 2019, or a later SHA-2 update installed
  • You must have the servicing stack update (SSU) (KB4490628) that is dated March 12, 2019, or a later SSU update installed.

The updates are available through all known sources, which include:

1. Windows Update

You will get a notification regarding the KB4539602 patch. If not, you may manually download this navigating to –

Settings > Update & Security > Check for Updates.

2. Microsoft Update Catalog 

Alternatively, you may directly download the standalone package itself browsing to the Microsoft Update Catalog Website.

3. Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

The KB4539602 cumulative update will automatically sync with WSUS if you configure Products and Classifications as follows:

That’s it!!!