Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Defaults in Windows 7

Transfers files in the background using idle network bandwidth. If the service is disabled, then any applications that depend on BITS, such as Windows Update or MSN Explorer, will be unable to automatically download programs and other information.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic (Delayed Start)
Display name:Background Intelligent Transfer Service
Service name:BITS
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\qmgr.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BITS
Privileges:
  • SeCreateGlobalPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege

Default Behavior

Background Intelligent Transfer Service is a Win32 service. In Windows 7 it is starting automatically after the operating system is started. Then the Background Intelligent Transfer Service is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other system components, such as drivers and services, may run in the same process. If Background Intelligent Transfer Service fails to start, Windows 7 attempts to write the failure details into Event Log. Then Windows 7 startup should proceed and the user should be notified that the BITS service is not running because of the error.

Dependencies

Background Intelligent Transfer Service is unable to start, if at least one of the following services is stopped or disabled:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Background Intelligent Transfer Service

1. Select your Windows 7 edition and service pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the Win7_BITS_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file as an administrator.

4. Restart the computer.

The BITS service is using the qmgr.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 7 installation media.