My XP Home Edition PC has the following problem: Reboot takes a long time
and when I am finally able to select User, I get background on the screen
but then that's it. I checked in Task Manager and I have an SVCHOST process
that always runs at 99% of CPU.
- I killed the process and got a message saying I killed RPC and the system
had to reboot. No change with reboot.
- Restarted in Safe Mode with command prompt. I tried using System Restore,
which I have used before and I know is set up and has recent restore points.
But I got a message saying "System Restore is not able to protect your
computer. Restart (etc)" But restart did not change anything.
- XP Professional Edition has a tool called Tasklist that gives detail on
what services are running under the SVCHOST processes. I copied it from
another system and put it on my XP Home system. Got a message that said
something about not being able to find RPC Server.
- Looked in the registry and I see that one of the SVCHOST processes start
something called rpcSs.exe. Thinking it might be a corrupted dll I renamed
rpcss.dll and restarted to see if XP would replace it, but it never made it
past 'Windows is starting up'
I'm . There are solutions on TechNet but they all seem to be for Windows
Me. I'm thinking there is corruption in a file or in the registry but I
don't know were to go from here. Reinstall is not a great option. Thanks.