RPC Server service won't start

I have a production application server running Windows 2003 on a Unisys ES3020L box that is having all sorts of weird issues.  The RPC Server service (rpcss) won't start, so Net Logon service won't start.  I logged in locally and opened the services window.  It's empty except for a blue block in the upper left corner.  I can export the list of services and they are all there (with automatic as start type for rpcss and netlogon), but they don't show up in the services window.  I opened Event Viewer hoping for some clue, and I can see all of the events listed, but the properties windows won't open for any of the events.  I opened a command prompt and tried to do a "net start rpcss" and I received "System error 5 has occurred.  Access is denied.).  The task bar at the bottom of the window does not have any applications in it, no matter what is open, I switch between windows using Task Manager.  Yet with all of this, the production application on the server is still operating and serving users (with Apache).  I ran a scan on the Windows Protected File Service to make sure that all of the protected files were intact.  I checked the registry to make sure that the stopped services had Start = 2, which they did.  Does anyone have any ideas what may have caused this mess, and how to fix it?  All help is appreciated.
Tracy LaugleSr. Systems EngineerAsked:
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Tracy LaugleSr. Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
I found a solution to getting the services to start.  In the key HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RPCSS, the Object Name was set to "NTAUTHORITY\NetworkService".  Once I changed it to "LocalSystem", RPCSS started, and the services which depended on RPCSS would start.  Still have no luck with the task bar, Event Viewer or Services window.
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gemartiCommented:
what are the results of the command line query:

REG QUERY HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\services\RpcSs

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gemartiCommented:
ha ha...I had just solved a problem like this and was going to work you toward this solution..Good for you!

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joenswCommented:
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Tracy LaugleSr. Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply, but as I mentioned above, I got the service started.  Unfortunately, the KB you cite was not my problem.  I have the system set up for a reboot overnight and tomorrow morning I will see if the reboot took care of the other issues.
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