How to fix "The remote procedure failed" Error?

How To Fix "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" Error In Windows 10

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) is a procedure call also known as a 'subroutine' or 'function' call. It is a protocol that one program can use to request service from another program located on a different computer in a network. Using this protocol, a program does not require specific network details to make a procedure call - the requesting program is a 'client', whilst the program providing the service is the 'server'. A "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" error indicates a problem with the Remote Procedure Call.

The Remote Procedure Call is the Service Control Manager for COM and DCOM servers and performs object activation requests, object exporter resolutions, and distributed garbage collection for COM and DCOM servers. If this service is stopped or disabled, programs using COM or DCOM will not function properly. It is strongly advised to have the Remote Procedure Call service running. If you receive the "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" error, the Remote Call Procedure might be disabled and needs to be re-enabled. Another possible reason for this error is corrupted/damaged files on the system. In this case, you need to run System File Checker. In this guide we describe a number of methods to fix the problem.

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Check The Remote Procedure Call Service

Windows Services (also know as services.msc), are used to modify how Windows services run on your system. These services are responsible for running available programs and managing many system settings and resources. You can modify a service's settings for security, troubleshooting, and performance-related reasons. To check if the Remote Procedure Call service is enabled, open the Run dialog box by pressing Win + R keys on the keyboard, or by right-clicking Start and selecting "Run" from the contextual menu.

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Once the Run dialog box is open, type "services.msc" and press Enter or click "OK".

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In the Services window, find "Remote Procedure Call (RPC)" and right-click it. Select "Properties" from the contextual menu.

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In the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Properties (Local Computer) window, find "Startup type" and check that it is set to "Automatic" and the service is running. If not, set it to "Automatic", click "Start" and "Apply" to save the changes.

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Now, find the "DCOM Server Process Launcher" service in the Services window and apply the same method to it. Then, find "RPC Locator" and see if its startup type is set to "Manual" - if not, set it. See if this fixes the "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" error.

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Run Windows Troubleshooter

Running the built-in Windows troubleshooter might also help. Windows includes a number of troubleshooters designed to quickly diagnose and automatically resolve various computer problems. Troubleshooters cannot fix all problems, but they are a good place to start if you encounter a problem with your computer, operating system, or connected devices. To start troubleshooting, go to Settings, type "troubleshoot", and select "Troubleshoot" from the list.

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In the troubleshooters list, find the "Windows Store Apps" troubleshooter under "Find and fix other problems" and select it. Click "Run the troubleshooter".

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Run System File Checker

System File Checker (SFC) is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. This guide describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan system files and repair missing or corrupted system files (including .DLL files). If a Windows Resource Protection (WRP) file is missing or is corrupted, Windows may not behave as expected. For example, some Windows functions may not work, or Windows will crash. The "sfc scannow" option is one of several specific switches available with the sfc command, the Command Prompt command used to run System File Checker. To run it, open Command Prompt by typing "command prompt" in Search and then right-clicking on "Command Prompt". Select "Run as administrator" from the drop-down menu to run Command Prompt with administrator privileges. You must run an elevated Command Prompt to perform a SFC scan.

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In the Command Prompt window, type "sfc /scannow" and press Enter on the keyboard to execute this command. System File Checker will start and should take some time to complete the scan (about 15 minutes). Wait for the scanning process to complete and restart the computer. See if this fixes the "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" error.

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Scan Your System For Malware

Perform a full system scan and see if it detects any malware on the computer. You can use Windows Defender (built-in antivirus program), which protects computers against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. To run a full system scan using Windows Defender, type "virus" in Search and click the "Virus & threat protection" result.

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In the Virus & threat protection window, click "Advanced scan".

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Select "Full scan" and click "Scan now". This will start scanning the system for malware. If there are any viruses found, delete them.

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Check For Windows Updates

You might want to update your current version of Windows. Checking for updates for the entire Windows operating system is usually a good idea and might solve this problem. To check for Windows Updates, type "check for updates" in Search and click the "Check for updates" result.

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You should be automatically directed to the Windows Update section. Click "Check for updates". Windows will start checking for updates. If there are updates available, install them and try checking for updates once more (just to ensure that you have the latest updates on your operating system). After the updates are installed (if there were any to install), see if this fixes the "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" error.

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We hope that these solutions fix the "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" error. If you know of another solution not mentioned in our guide, please share it with us by leaving a comment in the section below.

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