Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator (RpcLocator) Service Defaults in Windows 8

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

The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator service is a Win32 program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. In Windows 8 it will not be started until the user starts it. When the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator service is started, it runs as NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService in its own process of locator.exe. If Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the RpcLocator service hasn't been started.

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

1. Select your Windows 8 edition and update pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win8_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 corrupted or deleted, you can put it back in there.