Microsoft will stop support for OneDrive on Windows 7 and 8

Microsoft OneDrive is a well known cloud service. OneDrive allows you to store files in the cloud for use on different devices. As we speak OneDrive is a very popular cloud service and used by many organisations to store their files. However like Microsoft announced the end of the support for Windows 7 and 8, Microsoft have now announced the end of support of the desktop version of OneDrive.

When will Microsoft end support for OneDrive Windows 7 and 8

From March 2022, you can no longer sync with the desktop version of OneDrive on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Microsoft is ending support for these old operating systems. If you wish to continue using OneDrive you will need to upgrade to Windows 10 or 11.

When OneDrive is a vital cloud service for your organisation and you are still using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, you will soon have to upgrade to Windows 10 or 11 to continue using OneDrive seamlessly. The desktop version of OneDrive will stop working from 1st March 2022. You can still consult your cloud storage via both the web version and the desktop version of OneDrive. However syncing files will then only be possible in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Microsoft will stop support for OneDrive on Windows 7 and 8

Should your organisation upgrade?

You should upgrade your operating system to Windows 10 or 11. However sometimes an operating system cannot be upgraded to Windows 10 or 11 due to various reasons. In that case Microsoft recommends manually syncing files through the OneDrive web application. Syncing files manually is far from ideal for your organisation and could lead to files not being synced properly. However besides upgrading Microsoft not offer an alternative.

The desktop version of OneDrive on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 will no longer receive security updates from Microsoft from 1st January 2022. Microsoft is instead focusing its resources on new technologies and operating systems to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience.

You should take into consideration that if your business is still running Windows 7 and 8 that these versions are no longer supported. To ensure a safe day to day running of your business it is vital that you upgrade to a safe version of Windows. The Windows 8 operating system system has been unsupported by Microsoft since 2016. Windows 8.1 has not been provided with security updates since the beginning of 2018, and it was Windows 7’s turn in 2020. Microsoft will be continuing to provide security upgrades for Windows 10. Microsoft will not officially stop supporting the operating system until October 2025. However you should already start planning how and when to upgrade to Windows 11.

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The best solution to keep your computer environment safe is to upgrade to Windows 11. By using Windows 11 you are guaranteed to receive important security updates now and in the future. At Tech-Wales we can upgrade your current Windows operating system to Windows 11 and provide you with the latest OneDrive software. We provide excellent cloud computing services to ensure the upgrade will go quick and without a minimum of disruption for your organisation. Combined with our excellent business IT support we provide the full package to upgrade you to Windows 11. Contact us today to discuss.