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The Installshield Engine (ikernel.exe) Could Not Be Launched. Rpc Server Is Unavailable.


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#1 troms

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 11:35 PM

Hello,

My computer recently wouldn't boot up and after I copied some files and deleted others, it was able to again. Although now it looks as if I installed Windows XP for the first time. My applications won't work, not internet access, etc.

My main concern is that I can't install anything. When I try, I receive an error that reads, "The InstallShield Engine (ikernel.exe) could not be launched. The RPC Server is unavailable." I've tried numerous remedies from online sources (obviously using another computer), but nothing seems to work. Can someone please help me when they get a chance.

By the way, I don't have a Windows XP CD. If I need certain files from it, they'll have to be emailed to me if possible.

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Posted 01 February 2008 - 09:27 AM

I think that you need to think about getting an XP CD or recovery CDs, whichever is applicable.

Computers seldom run forever without any problems requiring reinstall or repair.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qi...15082448AAfofdT

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Edited by hamluis, 01 February 2008 - 09:29 AM.


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Posted 01 February 2008 - 10:04 AM

Great point, and also yet one more reason NOT to get a computer except a custom built, opr at least a Dell. HP, Compaq, etc., do NOT ship OS and Software disks with the PC. And a Restore Partition on a dead HD is useless.

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#4 troms

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Posted 01 February 2008 - 03:54 PM

Thanks Louis, but I've already tried that info given on that link you sent me. The PC is a Dell that I bought back in '99. I had very little problems with it except one virus issue that was my fault.

The PC had Windows 2000 installed originally and then my cousin installed XP about 4 years ago using his school account. However, I was able to activate the XP account with Microsoft after it booted up as if were the first time I installed it.

Again, my issue is that I cannot install software because of that error above. Do you know where I can get the files off the XP CD necessary to resolve this issue...or recovery CD's?

Thanks

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Posted 01 February 2008 - 04:32 PM

Hello,

Have you tried restarting the service?
Go to start->run->services.msc
Look for the rpc entries and make sure they are all started.
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Posted 01 February 2008 - 04:36 PM

http://www.dirtcheapsoftware.com/micwinxphome2.html

According to what you say...you've enjoyed this O/S for 4 years now, without being legal. Maybe it's time to get legit.

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:05 PM

My cousin installed XP about 4 years ago using his school account. However, I was able to activate the XP account with Microsoft after it booted up as if were the first time I installed it.

I'm going to assume this is a legit although somewhat questionable purchased copy and offer you this much
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43051/how-to-use-sfcexe-to-repair-system-files/
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#8 johndoe32102002

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 03:16 PM

Hello,

Have you tried restarting the service?
Go to start->run->services.msc
Look for the rpc entries and make sure they are all started.


You can restart the DCOM* service and this fixes the problem.

Steps:
1. Right click "My Computer" on the Desktop
2. Manage
3. Services (near the bottom)
4. Right click DCOM* and "Start"




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