Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator (RpcLocator) Service Defaults in Windows 7

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.

Default Settings

Startup type:Manual
Display name:Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
Service name:RpcLocator
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\locator.exe
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RpcLocator
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Default Behavior

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it won't be started if the user doesn't start it. When the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator service is started, it is running as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in its own process of locator.exe. If Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator fails to start, Windows 7 attempts to write the failure details into Event Log. Then Windows 7 startup should proceed and the user should be notified that the RpcLocator service is not running because of the error.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

1. Select your Windows 7 edition and service pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win7_RpcLocator_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The RpcLocator service is using the locator.exe file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 7 installation media.