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Microsoft will end OneDrive desktop support for Windows 7 and 8.1 starting next year

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Highlights:

  • OneDrive reaches the end of support on Windows 7, 8.
  • Customers with systems still running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 are advised to upgrade their OS to Windows 10 or Windows 11.
  • This is being done to focus resources on new technologies and operating systems.

In order to focus resources on new technologies and operating systems, and to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience, beginning January 1, 2022, updates will no longer be provided for the OneDrive desktop application on your personal Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 devices. If you’re not clear about the OneDrive app, this is a sync client that helps you save your files to the cloud. When you click “Save As” and choose to save to OneDrive, your system uses the OneDrive desktop app to do the same.

Personal OneDrive desktop applications running on these operating systems will stop syncing to the cloud on March 1, 2022. After March 1st, 2022, your personal files will no longer sync and should be uploaded/accessed directly on OneDrive for the web. If you are currently using one of these operating systems, we recommend upgrading your operating system to either Windows 10 or Windows 11 to avoid disruption.

This change is only applicable to consumer accounts, and it won’t impact business users immediately. “If you sign in to OneDrive with a work or school account, starting January 1, 2022, support for this application will be aligned with the Windows support lifecycle,” the OneDrive team said yesterday.

The OneDrive Team said:

“In order to focus resources on new technologies and operating systems, and to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience, beginning January 1, 2022, updates will no longer be provided for the OneDrive desktop application on your personal Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 devices.”

Customers with systems still running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 are advised to upgrade their OS to Windows 10 or Windows 11. On devices that don’t meet the upgrade requirements, users can still back up their files to the cloud by manually uploading them to OneDrive on the web.

The new OneDrive policy may push some users to install newer Windows versions even if they’re otherwise happy with an old operating system.

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