What is the Background Intelligent Transfer (BITS) service?

An explanation of the Background Intelligent Transfer (BITS) service in Windows 7.

What does the Background Intelligent Transfer (BITS) service do?

The background intelligent transfer service is mostly used by Windows Update to download updates using your computer’s idle bandwidth.

Background Intelligent Transfer (BITS) service details

  • Service name: BITS
  • Description: 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.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
  • Startup type: Automatic (Delayed start)

Does my computer need the Background Intelligent Transfer (BITS) service?

Yes your computer needs the background intelligent transfer service. It’s used by Windows Update to download updates when your computer is idle.

Should I disable the Background Intelligent Transfer (BITS) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; you should never disable the background intelligent transfer service. If you do, you won’t receive Windows Updates.

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