Microsoft says OneDrive users on Windows, 7, 8 or 8.1 won’t be able to sync their content to the cloud starting March 1, 2022, blog says post on their Tech Community forum. OneDrive will also no longer receive updates if it is running on a system that does not have Windows 10 or Windows 11 installed.
The files will still be accessible from the OneDrive app, no matter what version of Windows you’re using, they just won’t automatically upload to the cloud anymore. To avoid any issues with OneDrive, Microsoft recommends upgrading to a newer version of Windows by March of next year. When it comes to systems that can’t run Windows 10 or Windows 11, Microsoft says users can still back up their files by uploading them to the OneDrive web app.
In addition to stopping updates and the ability to synchronize, OneDrive on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 will lose support on January 1. According to Microsoft, the reason for the change is “to focus resources on new technologies and new operating systems, and to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience.”
The life cycle for Windows 8 ended in 2016, with the discontinuation of Microsoft support for Windows 8.1 in 2018 and Windows 7 in 2020. Now that Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 10 in 2025, it might be time to start preparing for a Windows 11 upgrade.