Microsoft to stop supporting OneDrive on Windows 8 and earlier

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A quick public service announcement for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users. Microsoft will stop supporting its cloud storage solution, OneDrive, on these operating systems as of March 1, 2022 (opens in new tab).

This means that these versions of OneDrive not only won’t receive new updates, but also will lose the ability to automatically upload files. Users will be able to access OneDrive, and manually upload and download files via a browser, as well as continue to use OneDrive on other devices as normal.

Microsoft states the decision has come in order to focus on newer products and technologies, and unsurprisingly advises users to upgrade to either Windows 10 or 11 to get the best out of the software. 

Of course there are other cloud storage products around, so it may be worth checking if any of those meet your needs while working with your OS if you’re determined to stay. Or you could always switch your gaming PC to Linux (opens in new tab). It's easier than you might think. 

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For most, we’d recommend switching to Windows 10 (opens in new tab) for now, despite this pretty obvious push by Microsoft to get people on the latest OS. The have just been too many problems with Windows latest OS, even if they are slowly getting sorted out

Windows 11 (opens in new tab) is pretty new, and I wouldn’t necessarily recommend (opens in new tab) everyone go out there and upgrade straight away, especially if you’re still rocking Windows 10. If you do, you may want to check out how best to optimise it for gaming first (opens in new tab), especially as VBS might be enabled on some PCs (opens in new tab)

If you are looking to upgrade to Windows 11, but need a little help we have you covered. You can find out everything you need to know before you upgrade (opens in new tab), plus where to download (opens in new tab), and how to install Windows 11 (opens in new tab) at these helpful links. 

Hope Corrigan
Hardware Writer

Hope’s been writing about games for about a decade, starting out way back when on the Australian Nintendo fan site Vooks.net. Since then, she’s talked far too much about games and tech for publications such as Techlife, Byteside, IGN, and GameSpot. Of course there’s also here at PC Gamer, where she gets to indulge her inner hardware nerd with news and reviews. You can usually find Hope fawning over some art, tech, or likely a wonderful combination of them both and where relevant she’ll share them with you here. When she’s not writing about the amazing creations of others, she’s working on what she hopes will one day be her own. You can find her fictional chill out ambient far future sci-fi radio show/album/listening experience podcast (opens in new tab) right here.

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