How to fix background intelligent transfer service (BITS) in Windows 10

How To Fix Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) in Windows 10

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Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) on Windows 10 is a vital component. It is responsible for facilitating asynchronous, arranged, and controlled transmission of files between machines without affecting the network. It does this by logically handling throttling and prioritization.

In addition to this, BITS also help download Windows update files from Microsoft servers. Yet this intelligent service has some glitches, it stops working, pauses Windows Update, and other services.

Hence, if you face problems while installing Windows 10, the reason could be that service host background intelligent transfer service might have stopped working.

To resolve this, we will explain three ways.

3 Ways to Resolve Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Here are the three ways to resolve Background Intelligent Transfer Service not working on Windows 10.

In addition to this, click Disk Cleaners & Optimizer from the left pane. Now click Disk Tools.

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To run the scan, click Start Scan. Now, wait for the scan to finish. This will automatically run the SFC command and will fix errors stopping BITS from running.

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However, if you want to give manual steps a try follow the troubleshooting steps provided below.

Manual Steps to Fix Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Method 1 – Fixing BITS via Background Intelligent Transfer ServiceTroubleshooter

To fix issues related to Background Intelligent Transfer Service, follow the steps below:

1. Type Control Panel in the Windows search bar

2. Make sure the View by is selected to Large icons

3. Here, look for the Troubleshooting option and click it

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4. Next, click Hardware and Sound.

5. Here, select and click the Background Intelligent Transfer Service.

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A quick tip: If you are unable to locate the option, it seems you have not changed the view by category to Large. In addition to this, for your convenience click here & download the troubleshooter for Windows 10.

6. Click Advanced.

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7. Checkmark Apply repairs automatically.

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8. Now, click the Next button > View detailed information

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9. Evaluate the details > Next > Close.

The troubleshooter will detect and fix the problem that might be stopping the Background Intelligent Transfer Service to function correctly.

Method 2 – Fixing BITS Background Intelligent Transfer Service via SFC and DISM

Even after running the troubleshooter, if you are still facing the Background Intelligent Transfer Service problem, you need to run SFC and DISM command.

To run DISM and SFC, follow the steps below:

1. Type Command Prompt; when the search result comes up, click Run as administrator option from the right pane.

Now type the following command dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press Enter.

This will scan and repair system file corruption.

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Afterward, type SFC /scannow and press Enter.

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Wait for the scan to complete. Once DISM completes the scan it will repair system files while the SFC tool will fix Windows 10 installation issues.

Method 3 – Fixing BITS problems via Windows Update

If the above methods didn’t work for you, try updating Windows 10. To do so, follow the steps below:

Before you download updates manually, you need to know whether you are using a 32- or 64-bit machine.

To do so, follow the steps below:

1. Launch Windows Settings > System > About.

2. Here check the System Type information under the Device specifications.

3. This will tell whether you need 32-bit or 64-bit updates.

Steps to download the latest update

To download the Windows update manually, follow the steps below:

1. Head to  Microsoft Update Catalog

2. Look for the Windows update, click the Download button based on the bit you are using.

3. Click the .msu link.

Once done, follow the steps to install updates.

1. Type Command Prompt in Windows search bar > Run as administrator option.

2. Enter wusa C:\FOLDER-PATH\UPDATE-NAME.msu /quiet /norestart command and press Enter.

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Note: Change the path with the location where you saved the update file. Once done, press Enter to run the command.

After the command is run, restart your system. The BITS problem should now be fixed.

This is all. Using this guide, we hope you can fix the BITS on Windows. We recommend using Advanced System Optimizer and automatic Windows cleaning and optimization tool that knows how to fix all common Windows errors.

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  • Mansi Vijay
    Running SFC and DISM command helped me to fix this annoying Windows 10 error. Thanks for the solutions!

    1 month ago Reply

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