Microsoft to discontinue OneDrive app support for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

Microsoft has announced that the OneDrive desktop app for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 will no longer be supported.

Microsoft has stated that the personal desktop OneDrive app will no longer get upgrades. This applies to the operating systems Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.

Though files can still be accessible from the OneDrive app, regardless of the Windows version; however, they will no longer automatically upload to the cloud. Microsoft suggests updating to a newer version of Windows before March of next year to avoid any complications with OneDrive. Users who have systems that can’t run Windows 10 or Windows 11 can still back up their files by uploading them to the OneDrive online app, according to Microsoft.

OneDrive for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 will lose support on January 1st, along with updates and the ability to sync. The adjustment was made to “focus resources on new technologies and operating systems, and to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience,” according to Microsoft.

If you’re unfamiliar with the OneDrive software, it’s a file sync client that let you save your files to the cloud. When you select “Save as” and OneDrive as the destination, your system saves the file using the OneDrive desktop software.

There are a few options available to users who have been affected by this change. Users can manually upload and download files using the OneDrive online app. Installing Windows 10, which will be supported until October 2025, is also an option. Apart from that, customers can save their files online using a third-party cloud storage provider.

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