Microsoft will End OneDrive Updates to Windows 7 and 8 in March

If you are a OneDrive user but your laptop is running Windows 7,8, or 8.1, then this is not good news for you. Microsoft has just announced that it will End OneDrive Updates to Windows 7 and 8 in March. OneDrive users on Windows, 7, 8, or 8.1 will be unable to sync their content to the cloud starting on March 1st, 2022. OneDrive will also no longer receive updates if it’s running on a system that doesn’t have Windows 10 or Windows 11 installed.

Microsoft will End OneDrive Updates to Windows 7 and 8 in March

But don’t worry, you can access the files from the OneDrive app no matter what version of Windows you’re using. However, the files will no longer automatically upload to the cloud. To avoid any issues with OneDrive, Microsoft recommends upgrading to a newer version of Windows before March of next year. As for systems that aren’t able to run Windows 10 or Windows 11, Microsoft says that users can still back up their files by uploading them to the OneDrive web app.

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Microsoft said in a blog post.

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. For machines that do not meet system requirements for Windows 10 or Windows 11 operating system upgrade, you can back up and protect your files by manually uploading them to OneDrive on the web, and continue to access, edit, and share your files on all your devices.

In addition to stopping updates and the ability to sync, OneDrive on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 will lose support on January 1st. According to Microsoft, the reason for the change is “to focus resources on new technologies and operating systems, and to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience.”

The lifecycle for Windows 8 ended in 2016, with Microsoft halting mainstream support for Windows 8.1 in 2018 and Windows 7 in 2020. Now that Microsoft is planning to end support for Windows 10 in 2025, it might be time to start preparing for a Windows 11 upgrade.

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Onsa Mustafa

Onsa is a Software Engineer and a tech blogger who focuses on providing the latest information regarding the innovations happening in the IT world. She likes reading, photography, travelling and exploring nature.
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