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Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

 

General Information

This service is rather vital. Practically everything depends on this service to be running. This is also one of the few services that you cannot disable via the Services MMC, nor can you change the state with a registry patch.

Windows 8

Default Description

The RPCSS service is the Service Control Manager for COM and DCOM servers. It performs object activations requests, object exporter resolutions and distributed garbage collection for COM and DCOM servers. If this service is stopped or disabled, programs using COM or DCOM will not function properly. It is strongly recommended that you have the RPCSS service running.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 x64 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Automatic (Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): RpcSs
Display Name: Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss

Log On As

Account: Network Service (unchangeable)

Dependencies

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

Windows 7

Default Description

The RPCSS service is the Service Control Manager for COM and DCOM servers. It performs object activations requests, object exporter resolutions and distributed garbage collection for COM and DCOM servers. If this service is stopped or disabled, programs using COM or DCOM will not function properly. It is strongly recommended that you have the RPCSS service running.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Professional Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Windows 7 Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): RpcSs
Display Name: Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss

Log On As

Account: Network Service (unchangeable)

Dependencies

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

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

Windows Vista

Default Description

Serves as the endpoint mapper and COM Service Control Manager. If this service is stopped or disabled, programs using COM or Remote Procedure Call (RPC) services will not function properly.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Home Premium Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Business Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Ultimate Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
Vista Enterprise Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): RpcSs
Display Name: Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss

Log On As

Account: Network Service

Dependencies

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

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

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Provides the endpoint mapper and other miscellaneous RPC services.

Additional Information

This service is rather vital. Practically everything depends on this service to be running. This is also one of the only services that you cannot disable via the Services MMC. Previously, if you disabled this service in Windows 2000, your computer would become unbootable. What I am trying to tell you is leave this service on Automatic and absolutely do not disable it.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 Automatic Automatic Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): RpcSs
Display Name: Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k rpcss

Log On As

Account: NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService

Dependencies

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

  • None

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

Windows XP

Default Description

Provides the endpoint mapper and other miscellaneous RPC services.

Additional Information

This service is rather vital. Practically everything depends on this service to be running. This is also one of the only services that you cannot disable via the Services MMC. Previously, if you disabled this service in Windows 2000, your computer would become unbootable. What I am trying to tell you is leave this service on Automatic and absolutely do not disable it.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP MCE 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Pro Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): RpcSs
Display Name: Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k rpcss

Log On As

Account: NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService

Dependencies

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

  • None (H)

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

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