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Remote Procedure Call (RPC) (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: RpcSs

Executable Name: svchost -k rpcss

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is a secure interprocess communication (IPC) mechanism that enables data exchange and invocation of functionality that resides in a different process. That different process can be on the same computer, on the LAN, or across the Internet. The Remote Procedure Call service serves as the RPC endpoint mapper and Service Control Manager (SCM). Many services depend on the Remote Procedure Call service to start successfully.

For more information about RPC, see the Internetworking Guide of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (or see the Internetworking Guide on the Web at

This service should not be stopped or disabled. Disabling the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service will result in the operating system not loading.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

Installed through: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Automatic

Service status: Started

This service depends on the following system components: None

The following system components depend on this service:

Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Cluster Service

COM+ Event System

COM+ System Application

Cryptographic Services

DHCP Server

Distributed Link Tracking Client

Distributed Link Tracking Server

Distributed Tracking Coordinator

DNS Server

Error Reporting Service


File Replication

Help and Support

Human Device Interface Access

IIS Admin Service

Indexing Service

Internet Authentication Service

IPSEC Services

IPv6 Helper Service

Kerberos Key Distribution Center

Logical Disk Manager

Logical Disk Administrator Service


MS Software Shadow Copy Provider

Network Connections

Print Spooler

Protected Storage

Remote Desktop Help Session Manager

Remote Registry

Removable Storage

Resultant Set of Policy Provider

Routing and Remote Access

Security Accounts Manager

Shell Hardware Detection

Task Scheduler



Terminal Services

Terminal Services Session Directory

Terminal Services Licensing

Upload Manager

Volume Shadow Copy

Web Element Manager

Windows Audio

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)

Windows Installer

Windows Internet Name Service (WINS)

Windows Management Instrumentation

Windows Media Services

Wireless Configuration

WMI Performance Adapter

World Wide Web Publishing Service

Community Additions

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