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How to Fix "The Remote Procedure Call Failed and Did Not Execute" Error

Remote control and desktop sharing software are a godsend when it comes to collaboration, troubleshooting issues, or accessing your computer without having to physically be there. However, like every software, issues could arise that might impede you to remotely connect to a specific device. One of them being the “Remote Procedure Call Failed” error. 

What is Remote Procedure Call Protocol?

"The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" error is related to the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) protocol, which helps software programs demand services from other apps running on a different computer on a network. By using this protocol, the requesting app (client) can make a procedure call to the program providing the service (server) without having to know the network's details.

In other words, RPC allows you to access resources on other devices on your network without you having to physically interact with these devices. Unfortunately, like many other remote access features, technical issues could easily interfere with the PRC connection, preventing you from taking advantage of the technology.

How to Fix RPC Errors

The most common error related to RPC issues is the dreaded "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" alert. This error could be caused by a number of factors, including the RPC service is stopped or disabled, corrupted or missing system files, and various network connectivity issues.

This article will provide proven solutions that fix the most common causes of the "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" errors. Work your way through our suggestions and let us know which one worked for you.

Ensure That the Remote Procedure Call Service is Enabled

In order for you to use other devices' resources, the Remote Procedure Call protocol should be enabled on both devices.

  1. Open the Start menu and type "run" (without the quotation marks).
  2. Select the Run app.
  3. In the Run window, type "services.msc" (without the quotation marks) and press Enter on your keyboard.
  4. In the Services window, locate the "Remote Procedure Call (RPC)" service.
  5. Right-click on Remote Procedure Call (RPC) and select Properties from the context menu.
  6. In the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Properties (Local Computer) window, in the General tab, under the "Path to executable" section, you will see an option called "Startup type". Check if it is set to Automatic. If not, click the "Start" button and then "Apply".
  7. Find the "DCOM Server Process Launcher" service in the Services window and enter the same parameters to it.
  8. Find the "RPC Locator" service and set it "Manual".
  9. Check if the "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" issue is resolved.

Run System File Checker

The System File Checker app is a Windows built-in feature that scans the OS for corrupted and missing files. Run it to repair any corrupted file that might be causing the Remote Procedure Call protocol to malfunction.

  1. Go to the Start menu and type "command prompt" (without the quotation marks).
  2. Right-click on the Command Prompt desktop app and select "Run as administrator".
  3. In the Command Prompt window, type "sfc /scannow" (without the quotation marks) and press Enter on your keyboard.
  4. Wait for the System File Checker feature to scan your device.
  5. Check if the "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" error is fixed.

Check For Windows Updates

The "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" error could be caused by a system flaw that is fixed in the latest windows update. Regularly update your device to ensure that you are running the most efficient and secure version of your OS.

  1. Open the Start menu and type "update".
  2. Select the "Check for updates" system setting.
  3. In the Settings window, under Windows Update, click the "Check for updates" button.
  4. Wait for Windows to check and download any available updates.
  5. If requested, restart your device to apply the changes.
  6. Check if the "The remote procedure call failed and did not execute" issue is resolved.

Scan Your Device for Malware

Malware and viruses often cause connectivity issues because these intruders interfere with various essential Windows services. Run a malware scan and remove all detected hazards.

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