OneDrive will stop supporting many PCs running older versions of Windows starting early next year, Microsoft announced on its blog. The change will impact Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 on personal computers, according to the company, although the shutdown is in two phases, with the first starting Jan. 1.
As of January 1, 2022, Microsoft will no longer release OneDrive updates for cloud platform desktop apps on personal computers. However, the desktop app for businesses will transition to the ‘Windows support lifecycle’, which means Windows 7 and 8.1 machines will perform well until early 2023 (Windows 8 support ended in 2016 .)
Fast forward a few months after this change and Microsoft says that users who continue to run any of these older versions of Windows on personal computers will no longer be able to sync their files with OneDrive using the desktop app. This change will come on March 1, 2022, requiring users to instead upload their files to the cloud using OneDrive through a web browser.
This change, says Microsoft, will allow the company to “focus its resources on new technologies and new operating systems” while ensuring user safety. The company recently made Windows 11 available to users, although its launch was controversial due to the TPM 2.0 minimum specification requirement. Microsoft addressed this issue by publishing a document that explains how to enable TPM 2.0 on PCs, although not all computers support it.
This OneDrive change will primarily affect users who are still running Windows on older hardware – if the model is over five years old, there’s a good chance it won’t support Windows 11 minimum requirements, although the switching to Windows 10 remains an option.