OneDrive desktop for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 will stop working on March 1, 2022

19 days ago by IanDorfman

The OneDrive desktop application for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 will no longer work starting March 1, 2022.

Detailing the schedule for the service's dedicated app sunsetting, Microsoft's Ankita Kirti states that the move is "in order to focus resources on new technologies and operating systems, and to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience." As of January 1st, 2022, no updates for the OneDrive application for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 will be issued. Two months later, on March 1st, 2022, files will no longer sync with the application at all.

Microsoft recommends uploading and accessing OneDrive for web directly at onedrive.live.com. This discontinuation also applies to business users. They "will be aligned with the Windows support lifecycle" starting January 1st, 2022 as well.

Microsoft recommends updating to Windows 10 or 11 depending on your hardware, but if you can't, the company offers the following advice:

"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."

Further coverage:
Microsoft Tech Community announcement

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