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Services Utility: Background Intelligent Transfer Service Service

Display Name (?): Background Intelligent Transfer Service
Short Name (?): BITS
Executable (?): svchost.exe
Library (?): qmgr.dll
Depends On (?): Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Supports (?): None.
Description (?): Uses idle network bandwidth to transfer data.
OS (?): XP Home/Professional, Vista Home/Business, Server 2003, Vista Server
Startup (?):

Explanation (?):

The background intelligent transfer service is currently used only by Microsoft applications as far as I know. The purpose of it is to download a queued file when your Internet connection is idle. In real world terms what this means is that if automatic updates are enabled it will download them while you are not actively using bandwidth. Generally speaking this is a good idea, but prior to the latest service packs this service caused several problems (mainly related to halting other services). However, they have been fixed now. This service is recommended for keeping on manual as it is possible that applications in the future will use it. If you leave it set to manual then it will activate when it is needed. For a server it is best that you leave it set to automatic so that it is available when needed.

Please visit /tools/services/ for the complete Services utility.