What is the Block Level Backup Engine (wbengine) service?

An explanation of the Block Level Backup Engine (wbengine) service in Windows 7.

What does the Block Level Backup Engine (wbengine) service do?

The block level backup engine service is used by Windows Backup to backup your computer.

Block Level Backup Engine (wbengine) service details

  • Service name: wbengine
  • Description: The WBENGINE service is used by Windows Backup to perform backup and recovery operations. If this service is stopped by a user, it may cause the currently running backup or recovery operation to fail. Disabling this service may disable backup and recovery operations using Windows Backup on this computer.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\wbengine.exe
  • Startup type: Manual

Does my computer need the Block Level Backup Engine (wbengine) service?

If you are using Windows Backup to backup your computer, the block level backup engine service is required.

Should I disable the Block Level Backup Engine (wbengine) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; if you are not using Windows Backup to backup your computer, disabling the block level backup engine service is OK.

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  1. Abhijit Chakravorty says:

    What are the steps to delete a file/folder from the Block Level Engine Back Up Service from a drive of my PC ?

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