|OK, rudeness certainly wan't my intention. But take a look at this from my viewpoint. First, you apparently failed to read my question carefully. (I'd asked about temporarily stopping, not disabling). Second, you appeared to assume that I was some careless newbie, so your two replies collectively came across as patronising. Third, your reply about passwords was apparently wrong and dented my initial assumption that you had high technical expertise on the XP OS. (Admittedly, I didn't help you much by failing to reference my screenshot showing the password entries, but you could have quickly run Services to see yourself.)|
I'm not a regular user of this forum so it could well be that your starting premise based on other posters was justified. And I do agreee that it's important to caution inexperienced users about the risks of uninformed dabbling. But I've been using a PC for 31 years. And I think there was enough evidence in my post to give you pause before assuming I was a novice. A keen sense of curiosity, yes, but a bumbling idiot, no!
For the particular (unrelated) issue I was troubleshooting I had good reason for investigating whether RPC (and/or RPC Locator) was implicated.
But your last point strikes a sympathetic chord. In the various forums in which I contribute my own expertise, I feel the same way when my carefully researched replies, often generous with illustrations, never get a word of feedback.
Finally, if you take a look at this thread (the first of several relevant Google hits I subsequently found)
you'll see that it is possible and sometimes desirable to stop RPC. With care it can be done without risk. But without care - as you and LMiller7 have implied - with dire results!
Where are the smilies around here?
Terry, East Grinstead, UK