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Receiving Error Message 'RPC Locator encountered a problem and needed to close'

Posted on 2006-06-28
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I am receiving this error message on one of my Windows XP workstations. It happens when the user first logs on. It generates one of this 'Sorry for the inconvenience . . .Would you like to send an error report. .  ." prompts. I look at the technical information in the error report and it references locater.exe as being the problem app. The main thing that I can think of is that the computer was removed from one Windows 2003 domain and added to another Windows 2003 domain. However, the problem did not immediately present itself upon being moved to the new domain, but several days later. So switching if from one domain to another may or may not be related to this problem. Right now, I am loading some Windows updates on the machine in hopes that will be an easy solution, but it did not look like there were any signifigant updates to be loaded. I have seen a few articles online that suggest to remove Windows XP SP2 to resolve the issue. I highly doubt that is a solution as this machine has been running SP2 for a long time now. Please provide any suggetions you can.

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by:Rob Sanders
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Also, another error that I receive before even logging on is

locator.exe - Application Error

The exception unknown software exception (0xc0000409) occurred in the application at location 0x01010869

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I was able to resolve this problem. For some reason, the RPC locator service was set to manual as opposed to automatic. Once I changed it to automatic, it fixed the problem.

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I tried starting the RPC locator manually, but it didn't help.  The last time I tried it it would not start up again.
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