Microsoft says OneDrive users on Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 will not be able to sync their content to the cloud from March 1, 2022. According to the blog post of the Tech Community Forum. If OneDrive runs on a system that does not have Windows 10 or Windows 11 installed, it will not receive any further updates.
Regardless of the version of Windows you are using, files can still be accessed through the OneDrive app and will no longer be automatically uploaded to the cloud. To avoid these issues with OneDrive, Microsoft recommends upgrading to the latest version of Windows before March next year. For systems that cannot run Windows 10 or Windows 11, Microsoft says users can still upload their files by uploading via the OneDrive Web App.
In addition to the ability to stop and sync updates, OneDrive in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 will lose support from January 1st. According to Microsoft, the reason for this change is to “redirect resources to new technologies and operating systems and provide users with a more up-to-date and more secure experience.”
The Windows 8 Lifecycle ended in 2016. Microsoft discontinued basic support for Windows 8.1 in 2018 and Windows 7 in 2018. Now that Microsoft is also planning to end support for Windows 10 in 2025, they suggest it’s time to upgrade to Windows 11.