It's my uncle's computer and it started when he uninstalled some applications. RPC is "starting" but not "started". Apparently windows restore is not available, and total re-installation is not desirable, due to applications without CDs, and the uncertainty of what data would need to be copied off.
I've tried several options, including some that have re-initialized the "services" registry entires, but no help. I've tried to do a partial WIndows install, but it doesn't seem to think the OS is compatible, whatever that means. BTW, his OS is XP Pro, SP2.
Am I out of options, or is there still hope?\