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Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

 

General Information

In Windows 2003 and earlier versions of Windows, the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator service manages the RPC name service database. In Windows Vista and later versions of Windows, this service does not provide any functionality and is present for application compatibility.

Windows 8

Default Description

In Windows 2003 and earlier versions of Windows, the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator service manages the RPC name service database. In Windows Vista and later versions of Windows, this service does not provide any functionality and is present for application compatibility.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Manual
Windows 8 x64 Manual
Windows 8 Pro x86 Manual
Windows 8 Pro x64 Manual
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Manual
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): RpcLocator
Display Name: Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\locator.exe

Log On As

Account: Network Service

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default Description

In Windows 2003 and earlier versions of Windows, the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator service manages the RPC name service database. In Windows Vista and later versions of Windows, this service does not provide any functionality and is present for application compatibility.

Additional Information

Vista or Windows 7 compatible programs will not need this service, as such, it can safely be disabled.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Manual Manual
Windows 7 Home Basic Manual Manual
Windows 7 Home Premium Manual Manual
Windows 7 Professional Manual Manual
Windows 7 Ultimate Manual Manual
Windows 7 Enterprise Manual Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): RpcLocator
Display Name: Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\locator.exe

Log On As

Account: Network Service

Dependencies

What service Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator needs to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

What other service require Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Manages the RPC name service database.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Manual Manual Manual
Vista Home Premium Manual Manual Manual
Vista Business Manual Manual Manual
Vista Ultimate Manual Manual Manual
Vista Enterprise Manual Manual Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): RpcLocator
Display Name: Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\locator.exe

Log On As

Account: Network Service

Dependencies

What service Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator needs to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

What other service require Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Manages the RPC name service database.

Additional Information

I have not found a reason to keep this service running. However, if something on your network breaks after you disable this service, put it back to manual. About 1.2 MB of RAM is in use with this service.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): RpcLocator
Display Name: Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\locator.exe

Log On As

Account: NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService

Dependencies

What service Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator needs to function properly:

What other service require Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Manages the RPC name service database.

Additional Information

I have not found a reason to keep this service running. However, if something on your network breaks after you disable this service, put it back to manual. About 1.2 MB of RAM is in use with this service.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home ? ? Manual Manual
XP MCE 2005 ? ? Manual Manual
XP Pro ? ? Manual Manual
XP Tablet PC 2005 ? ? Manual Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): RpcLocator
Display Name: Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\locator.exe

Log On As

Account: NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService

Dependencies

What service Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator needs to function properly:

What other service require Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

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