I have almost completed the installation of my larger hard drive [my thanks to all the Helpline Angels for help so far] and have just 2 final problems.
I have tried to install my HP All In One 750. The software loads & confirms installation OK. I then attach the USB lead and the PC 'finds' the scanner/printer but then I get the message 'an error occurred during the installation of this device. The RPC server is unavailable' The printer works OK on my laptop [OS win 2k] and worked on the previous drive with the same OS as the new one [WinXP].
My other problem is that I cannot re-install Spybot S&D. The program again seems to load OK but, when I click the icon the program flashes on screen for about 1/10th of a second & is then gone. I have deleted & re-installed this several times, changed the program to run under Win95 [but it has always been ok before] without success. I have Adaware, but like the idea of 2 seperate programs as one tends to sweep what the other misses. I also use Kerio Firewall and AVG, but do not recall any compatibility issues before - but I do not know if Spybot needs to be loaded before AVG or whatever?
Neither is really a MAJOR issue, it's just that I would like it to be set up as I prefer.
The RPC service is the service that the Blaster virus targets and thus terminates. First of all check in your startup, start, type run and then type msconfig and check in the startup - look for MSBLAST.exe, if that is there then you have a variation of the blaster virus
With the different strains of the virus it is possible you may not have msblast but something like "teekids" or "penis32" instead. All variations in someway affect that sam RPC vulnerability (I think you may have Welchia virus which is preventin you from installing any AV).
The RPC service should be running but the RPC locater service can be in a stopped state when not needed!!