OneDrive Support to End for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1

Updates end on January 1; Syncing ends on March 1

Support for the OneDrive desktop app on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 will stop at the beginning of 2022.

According to a post on Microsoft’s Tech Community section, personal OneDrive apps on these systems will stop syncing to the company’s cloud on March 1, 2022. After that date, you will have to upload them directly to OneDrive via the dedicated web version.

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The end of this support is part of an effort by Microsoft to push its customer base onto more current operating systems as the company focuses on new technologies.

Microsoft recommends upgrading to either Windows 10 or 11 to avoid service disruption and a more secure experience. In addition, you can download the PC Health Check app to see if your computer meets the requirements for Windows 11.

If a computer does not meet the minimum requirements for a Windows 11 upgrade, you can still back up the files by manually uploading them to OneDrive on the web. You will also still have access to the files and the ability to edit and share them.

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Microsoft support for these operating systems is coming to a close. Windows 8.1 will reach the end of its lifecycle on January 10, 2023. The company ended Windows 8 support in 2016, and Windows 7 support ended in January 2020.

Although specific versions of Windows 7 will have security updates continue for two more years. It's worth pointing out that Microsoft intends to end support for Windows 10 on October 14, 2025.

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