The Messenger service is down (and up, and down again)
Beginning last evening (here in Eastern Standard Time), the Messenger service went haywire and has remained so as I write this. Even if you have been able to sign in, it seems to be going up and down.
UPDATE: The service appears to be operational and stable once again
The status page
If you check the .NET Messenger Service status, it says All systems are stable and running. This is wrong. In fact, within the last few outages we’ve had over the course of a few years, this page has remained silent. Even when it was so-called actively updated, it was usually out of date by telling us about outages after they had occurred and only really showed scheduled maintenance.
But other people are on!
It does appear that some accounts can still sign in, so there are a few people still on Messenger. If you happen to have another account, you might try signing into that one to see if you can at least sign in, but remember that a good majority of others can’t sign in either (so who are you going to talk to?).
I searched for the error code and…
…it told you to delete this file, or delete this and that in the registry. Don’t bother. Just try again later.