Microsoft Completely Ignores Latest Error for Windows XP and Server 2003 Users
A new error has left Windows XP and Server 2003 users unable to use the Windows Update functionality that keeps their operating systems up to date. The Windows Update system, as the name implies, automatically installs hardware, software, and security updates for Windows users — that is, apparently, unless you use Windows XP or the popular server operating system Server 2003. The error, which displays as a “0x80248015” error, pops up when users try to update their systems. So far, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users have experienced no similar difficulties.
Operating system errors of this sort aren’t exactly unusual, but what could be seen as out of the ordinary is Microsoft seemingly turning a blind eye to the issue. The error was first documented on November 18, but as of today, the technology giant hasn’t released a fix, nor has it released any information on a workaround to its forums or main website. If appearances can be believed, Microsoft is leaving users of the outdated operating systems dead in the water.
XP is Supposed to Be Dead, and Server 2003 is Slated for the Killing Floor
There have been some rumblings that Microsoft’s going mum is just an oversight, and that the company is fervently working on a fix. The argument that Microsoft is ignoring Windows XP and Server 2003 users, however, is supported by a lot more evidence.
In April 2014, Microsoft officially declared its support for the fan favorite operating system dead. For 12 years, XP remained one of the most popular operating systems on the market, especially following the launch of the widely criticized Windows Vista and Windows 8 systems. With Microsoft moving toward the release of the super hyped Windows 10 in 2015 for the general consumer, ignoring this latest error for Windows XP shows users that Windows XP is truly dead.
The company is ignoring the enterprise clients using the Server 2003 platform, too. The tech juggernaut has made clear multiple times this year that not only is Windows 10 coming to replace Windows 8, 7, and XP, Server 10 is coming to kill Server 2003. The company is even offering assistance to those looking to migrate to the new platform, with the July 14, 2015 deadline weighing heavily as countless companies rush to complete the transition. Microsoft may be helping with the transition, but as with Windows XP, it doesn’t look like they’re willing to support a dead limb any longer.