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OneDrive client for Windows 8.1 and 7 to shut down in 2022

Microsoft warns Windows 7, 8, 8.1 users that OneDrive will no longer be supported starting January 1, 2022, and sync will stop on March 1.

  • OneDrive app for Windows 8.1, 8, and 7 to end support in 2022.
  • The app will still sync files until March 1, 2022.
  • Once the support ends content will still be accessible from the web.

Microsoft is ending support for its OneDrive desktop sync application on January 1, 2022, for devices still running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.

The new change (via XDA Developers) means that after January 1, the OneDrive application will no longer be available for download, and devices running a retired version of Windows will no longer sync files to the cloud after March 1, 2022. 

However, it’s not all bad news because you will still be able to access your files and upload new content from the web version of OneDrive.

While it’s not surprising this would happen on devices running Windows 7 since this version is no longer supported, it’s interesting to see Microsoft shutting down OneDrive for Windows 8.1 since it’s still supported until January 10, 2023.

If you would be affected by this change, Microsoft is recommending upgrading to Windows 11 to continue using the OneDrive sync client. Or you should upgrade to Windows 10 if your computer doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements for the new OS.

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