OneDrive To Stop Syncing Files For Windows 7 & 8 Users In March 2022

Microsoft has announced that they will no longer provide updates for the OneDrive desktop application on your personal Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 devices starting 1 January 2022. However syncing files on the mentioned devices using the desktop app will end on March 1st, 2022.

Though personal OneDrive desktop applications running on these operating systems will stop syncing to the cloud on March 1, 2022, the affected users will still be able to upload or access their files directly on OneDrive for web.

This move is necessary "in order to focus resources on new technologies and operating systems, and to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience."

If you are currently using one of these operating systems and rely on OneDrive, the best recommended solution is to upgrade your operating system to either Windows 10 or Windows 11 to avoid being inconvenienced. If your machines does not meet system requirements for Windows 10 or Windows 11 operating system upgrade, you still have an option of manually uploading your files to OneDrive on the web, and continue to access, edit, and share your files on all your devices.

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are at the end of their support lifespan and are currently in extended support until January 10, 2023. However, Windows 8 reached end of support on January 12, 2016.

This information was relayed by Ankita Kirti, Microsofts WW Product Manager via Microsoft Tech Community Blog.

Sydney Chako

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics teacher at Sytech Learning Academy. From Junior Secondary School to Tertiary Level Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Science.


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