OneDrive reaches end of support on Windows 7, 8 in January

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Microsoft has announced that the OneDrive desktop application will reach end of support on legacy Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 starting January 1, 2022.

A guide is a file hosting and synchronization service that allows Microsoft customers to access their files from the cloud on all their devices, from anywhere.

“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 1, 2022, updates for the OneDrive desktop application will no longer be provided on their personal Windows 7 devices. , 8 and 8.1, “the OneDrive team She said.

Customers with systems that are still running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 are recommended to upgrade their operating system to Windows 10 or Windows 11. On devices that don’t meet the upgrade requirements, users can still back up their files to the cloud by uploading them manually to OneDrive on the web.

This will allow them to continue accessing, editing and sharing their files on all devices with an internet connection from onedrive.com or using a OneDrive mobile app.

“Personal OneDrive desktop applications running on these operating systems will stop syncing with the cloud on March 1, 2022. After March 1, 2022, your personal files will no longer sync and should be uploaded / accessed directly to OneDrive for the Web, “Microsoft added.

You can find detailed instructions on how to move your files from Windows 7 PC using OneDrive in the embedded video below.

The Windows 7 ESU program will end in January 2023

This week, Microsoft also announced that the Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will enter its third and final year of extended support, starting February 8, 2022 and running through January 10, 2023.

Windows 8 already reached end of support on January 12, 2016 and has not received any security updates in the past five years.

“The steps for install, activate and deploy ESU they are the same for first, second and third year coverage, “Microsoft explains.

“For more information, see Get extended security updates for eligible Windows devices for the volume licensing process e Purchase of ESU Windows 7 as a Cloud Solutions Provider for the CSP process. “

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