The Remote Procedure Call Failed error is one of the few mysterious errors in Windows 10 science to have a hard time solving. It may appear when a user tries to perform some basic things like opening standard tools and utilities. In other cases, the remote procedure call failed and did not execute error happens while opening photo, PDF file or some other objects in default Windows apps. What makes this error more frustrating is that there is no obvious way to fix it right away. But have no fear! This article has a few tips which may help you to fix the remote procedure call failed error in Windows 10. Here’s what you need to do.
The Remote Procedure Call Failed and Did Not Execute Error Solution
Make it a habit to constantly create Windows restore points. That is the easiest way to troubleshoot unknown errors in Windows 10. If something goes wrong, you simply roll back to the previous restore point.
If you have no restore points, do the following:
- Press Win + R on your keyboard and enter services.msc.
- Another way to open this utility is to open Start and type in there Services. And yes, you need Administrator access level. No luck for you if you don’t know the Administrator password or your profile has no Administrator privileges.
- In the long list of services, locate Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service and double-click it.
- In the new window, check Service status. It should be set to Automatic.
- In the same manner, locate Remote Procedure Call Locator. It should be set to Manual.
- Also, DCOM Server Process Launcher and RPC Endpoint Mapper should be set to Automatic.
If you use Windows 10, there is almost 100% guarantee that you won’t be able to change the Service status of some of the services mentioned above. Don’t worry, though. If their status mismatches with the proper one, you can force a status change using registry editor.
- Again, hit Win + R on your keyboard and enter regedit. By doing this you open Windows Registry Editor. Also, you can find the Registry Editor using search in the Start menu.
- Copy and paste the following path into the address bar: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RpcLocator.
- Click on Start and change its value to 3. In the same manner, change DcomLaunch, RpcEptMapper, and RpcSs to 2.
- Close Registry Editor and restart your PC. Try to open the app again and check whether the problem is gone or not.
Here is another thing you need to try if the manual above did not help you. Press Win + I and go to Update and Recovery – Troubleshoot. Find Windows Store Apps. Click on it and press Run the troubleshooter. Wait for the troubleshooter to check your system. If that did not help, try the next part of the article.
If the remote procedure call failed error appears only in the one specific app, try resetting or reinstalling it. If you can’t delete and install this app (some default apps in Windows 10 are non-removable), you can reset it in Settings.
- Press Win + I and go to Apps section.
- On the left side of the app select Apps and Features, then move to the left side of the Windows.
- Locate the app which causes you a headache, click on it, and select Advanced options.
- Click on the Repair and then the Reset button.
If it is possible, try opening the file in another app. Luckily, nowadays there are hundreds of third-party alternatives to almost any default Windows apps. You can also check whether the issue is caused by registry damage by creating a new local profile and trying to open the app from there.