Troubleshooting Error 8004888D – MSN Service is temporarily unavailable
Error 8004888D may not be your fault. First check the MSN Service Status, if that is working then I have other ideas of how to fix the problem.
Introduction to Error Code 8004888D
This error code, 8004888D occurs you are trying to logon to the MSN messenger service. It occurs with version 8.x also with version 7.x.
The Symptoms You Get with Error Code 8004888D
When you type your email address in the MSN Messenger logon box it takes a long time to display on screen. Your password, in contrast, displays instantly. When you press enter, you get error code 8004888D
The Cause of Code Error 8004888D
One possibility is that error message tells the truth – the MSN Messenger server really is down. You could try phoning your local Microsoft Support office. Local area numbers available from http://support.microsoft.com.
Another cause is corruption with the encryption files that MSN Messenger needs. For example, you could have been infected with a virus, or you may have a hyperactive anti-virus or Spyware package.
The Solutions to Code Error 8004888D
Look in your application data, specifically for files in the identitycrl\ folder. What I would do is copy any files in these locations to a safe place. Then delete the original files in their original location.
Seek out the Microsoft sub-folder, then identitycrl
Copy to another folder, then delete:
\Microsoft\Windows Live Contacts\*.*
You could try re-registering the dlls below. My point is that Spyware or even a virus could have interfered with the cryptographic files need by MSN Messenger.
regsvr32 Cryptdlg.dll /s
regsvr32 Dssenh.dll /s
Another symptom of the dll problem is the error 80092026 in the logs, along with a message such as:
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General, But Classic Troubleshooting Techniques
Summary of Error Code 8004888D
Try phoning your local Microsoft Support office. Local area numbers available from http://support.microsoft.com. If the MSN site is OK, you could have been infected with a virus, else you have a hyperactive Spyware program.
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