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Fix Remote procedure call failed error in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

A number of users have reported the remote procedure call failed error in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. There are more than one causes of this error. I will address them one by one to fix the remote procedure call failed in Windows 8. Let’s get started.

 Checking and Enabling Services

This error mostly comes when running the cleanup software. Running system file checker can end up with remote procedure calls failed because a few faulty files disrupt this process. Follow the steps given below to fix this error.

Open Run from your computer.

Type ‘services.msc’ and press Enter. The services manager windows will be opened.

Now look for the Remote procedure call service as this is where the problem may be occurring. The service must be started and its startup type must be automatic. If this service is not started, press Start to resume it.


Now double-click the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locater service which is located just below the RPC. Make sure than the startup type of this service is set to ‘Manual.

Restart the system by applying all the changes you just made.

Running Commands and Installing Patch

The remote procedure call failed error in Windows 8 also comes when using and accessing the Windows Store apps.

If you are getting the remote procedure call failed error while accessing Windows app store, apps, this means that the registry services are not working fine.

First, you should open services.msc from Run box and see if the RPC and RPC allocator services are running as they should, and their startup mode is what I told in the above method.

Then, open Run from your computer and type Regedt32.exe and hit Enter. Registry Editor will be opened.

Note: As we are now entering the Registry, it is advisable to make a system restore point before the process, just in case.

Now head over to the following location path, also as shown in the image.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage


Under key Storage (in the left pane side, as shown in the image), scroll down and look for winstore_cw5n1h2txyewy subkey. This subkey is vital and it MUST be here. If you don’t find this key here, that means something is wrong. You must create this subkey by right clicking on Storage key and select New key. Then create two subkeys of  winstore_cw5n1h2txyewy using same way and name them Internet Settings and Software.

Now we have to download the exe file for SetACL. You can download it from here.

After downloading, you will get a ZIP file. Extract it and make sure to put the SetACL.exe file to C:\Windows\System32

Now run the following command in command prompt

Note: It is vital that you paste the command right, put the commas and quotation marks right otherwise the command won’t run.

SetACL -on “hkcu\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\winstore_cw5n1h2txyewy” -ot reg -actn ace -ace “n:S-1-15-2-2608634532-1453884237-1118350049-1925931850-670756941-1603938316-3764965493;p:full;i:so,sc;m:grant;w:dacl”

Restart your computer. This should fix the remote procedure call failed error in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Let us know if you face any problems.

Photos: TheWindowsClub

Fahad Saleem

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