Windows XP Services

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) - Windows XP Service

Provides the endpoint mapper and other miscellaneous RPC services.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 7, 8 and Vista.

Startup Type

Windows XP edition without SP SP1 SP2 SP3
Home Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Professional Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic

Default Properties

Display name:Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Service name:RpcSs
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost -k rpcss
Error control:normal
Group:COM Infrastructure
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService

Default Behavior

The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service runs as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in a shared process. It shares the executable file with other services. If the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) fails to load or initialize, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box is displayed informing you that the RpcSs service has failed to start.


If the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) is stopped, the following services will not start and initialize:

Restore Default Startup Type of Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows XP edition and Service Pack, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreRemoteProcedureCallRPCWindowsXP.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Run the downloaded batch file.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the rpcss.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows XP installation media.

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