Windows - Unable to restart the RPC service

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I'm unable to restart the RPC service, instead the following error message:
"Unable to start the service remote procedure call (RPC). Error 1058: The service can not be started because it is disabled or no enabled devices associated with it"


The first step is to close Windows Explorer:
  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to access Task Manager.
  • Select the explorer.exe process, and then click End Process.

Open the registry:
  • Click the menu File / New Task (Run ...)
  • In the Open box, type regedit.
  • In the registry, go to:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Hardware Profiles\0001\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\ROOT\LEGACY_RPCSS\0000.
  • This entry checks if the LEGACY_RPCSS servuce enabled or disabled in the default hardware profile (0000).
  • In the right pane, edit a DWORD value named CSConfigFlags and enter in the Data text box value as 0.
  • In this way the RPC service is enabled in the default hardware profile.
  • At the next reboot, the problem will be solved.

Thanks to JDP for this tip.
Jean-François Pillou

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