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How to disable DCOM support in Windows
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The Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) is a protocol that enables software components to communicate directly over a network. Previously named "Network OLE," DCOM is designed for use across multiple network transports, including Internet protocols such as HTTP. More information about DCOM, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc958799.aspx
DCOM is supported natively in Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.
Warning If you disable DCOM, may you may lose operating system functionality. After you disable support for DCOM, the following may result:
There are potentially many built-in components and 3rd party applications that will be affected if you disable DCOM. Microsoft does not recommend that you disable DCOM in your environment until you have tested to discover what applications are affected. Disabling DCOM may not be workable in all environments.
Support for DCOM on all Windows NT-based operating systems can be disabled. To disable this support, follow these steps.
Note To disable DCOM on a Windows 2000-based computer, you must be running Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) or later.
Edit the RegistryImportant This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
The following registry string value is used to enable or disable DCOM on all operating systems:
If you change this value to N, you disable DCOM after you restart the operating system. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/ )Description of the Microsoft Windows registry
Article ID: 825750 - Last Review: October 11, 2007 - Revision: 5.9