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
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\system32\qmgr.dll
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.

Dependencies

Background Intelligent Transfer Service depends on the following system components:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Background Intelligent Transfer Service

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

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

3. Run the saved file.

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 XP installation media.