Windows 8/8.1 users can upgrade to Windows 10/11 or access Drive through a browser.
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Windows 8/8.1 users need to upgrade if they want to continue using the Google Drive desktop app beyond August of this year.
As reported by Android Police(Opens in a new window), Google posted a support advisory(Opens in a new window) for users of the Google Drive desktop app who are still running Windows 8/8.1, explaining how support for software will end in August. this year. The solution that allows you to continue using the app is easy: just upgrade to at least Windows 10 (64-bit) or Windows 11.
The Google Drive desktop app is useful for making sure your files stay in sync between your computer and the cloud, while also making it easy to share your content with others. Without it, you’re relying on accessing Drive through a web browser.
Google is also ending support for all 32-bit versions of Windows and Windows Server 2012. If your PC can only run a 32-bit operating system, then accessing Drive will only be possible through a browser. However, this may be the excuse you need to perform a full system upgrade.
Microsoft ended support for Windows 8.1 on January 10 of this year and sent notifications to users who are still running it. Google Chrome ended support for the operating system in February, but Steam won’t drop it until January 1 of next year.