Remote Procedure Call (RPC) (RpcSs) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Provides the endpoint mapper and other miscellaneous RPC services.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Service name:RpcSs
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Group:COM Infrastructure
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost -k rpcss
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RpcSs

Default Behavior

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. Then the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is running as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in a shared process. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the RpcSs service has failed to start.


The following components depend on Remote Procedure Call (RPC):

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

1. Run the Command Prompt.

2. Copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config RpcSs start= auto
sc start RpcSs

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The RpcSs service is using the rpcss.dll file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32 directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.