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

Manages the RPC name service database.

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
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RpcLocator

Default Behavior

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts 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 the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator 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 RpcLocator service has failed to start.


Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator depends on the Workstation service.

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

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

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 XP installation media.