Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Defaults in Windows XP

Transfers data between clients and servers in the background. If BITS is disabled, features such as Windows Update will not work correctly.

Default Settings

Startup type: Manual
Display name:Background Intelligent Transfer Service
Service name:BITS
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BITS

Default Behavior

Background Intelligent Transfer Service is a Win32 service. In Windows XP it won't start until the current user starts it. When the Background Intelligent Transfer Service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the Background Intelligent Transfer Service fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the BITS service has failed to start.


Background Intelligent Transfer Service depends on the following system components:

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Background Intelligent Transfer Service depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt.

2. Copy the command below, paste it into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config BITS start= demand

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The BITS service is using the qmgr.dll file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32 directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.