Last Updated on 22/11/2021 by Sunaina
According to a blog post on Microsoft’s Tech Community site, OneDrive customers using Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 will be unable to sync their material to the cloud beginning March 1st, 2022. If OneDrive is operating on a PC that does not have Windows 10 or Windows 11 installed, it will no longer get updates.
Files will still be available through the OneDrive app regardless of Windows version — they will just no longer be automatically uploaded to the cloud. Microsoft suggests updating to a newer version of Windows before March of next year to avoid difficulties with OneDrive. Users who are unable to run Windows 10 or Windows 11 may still back up their data by uploading them to the OneDrive online app, according to Microsoft.
OneDrive for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 will lose support on January 1st, in addition to discontinuing updates and the ability to sync. The reason for the shift, according to Microsoft, is “to focus resources on new technologies and operating systems, and to provide consumers with the most up-to-date and secure experience.”
Windows 8’s lifespan concluded in 2016, with Microsoft discontinuing widespread support for Windows 8.1 in 2018 and Windows 7 in 2020. Given that Microsoft intends to discontinue support for Windows 10 in 2025, it may be time to begin planning for a Windows 11 upgrade.