Bits (backgound intelligent transfer service)



Just wondered if anyone has come across this before, and if anyone has any advice thanks.
Installed WinXP pro version, install went smooth as silk, and everything was going hunky dory for about three days.
Rebooted the machine, but it took 3 or 4 minutes to allow me to do anything, it booted to the welcome screen and windows opened, but I couldnt open programs or menus for this time.
Anyways, thought it was a bad install, Fdisked the partition and started from scratch again.
Another few days pass, then the same thing happened arghhhhh.
Checked the error logs in the admin options, and the recurring error was "Unable to start the service *Background intelligent transfer service*". (BITS)
Next step, I disabled the bits, and now there is no problem. Weird.
I read that the BITS service utilises idle network time to transfer data, and I'm not sure what that means, I'm not on a network, and I'm a humble 56k modem user.
Anyways, disabled the BITS service, but as a consequence, in the error logs I now get the message
"DCOM got error "The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it. " attempting to start the service BITS with arguments "" in order to run the server:
So, with the BITS disabled, DCOM ( I've no idea what that is) cant load properly.
Ideas anyone? Is Bits or DCOM essential ?
Any help appreciated.


Thanks for the reply Max, I'm beginning to wish I'd never heard of BITS either.:D
Latest update, instead of disabling the BITS service, I've set it to start manually.
Since doing that, no more DCOM errors, and the machine is working fine, until the next problem occurs.
As to the BITS service itself, read the page you quoted above, all seems a bit strange to me, If your on a network, fine, but I can't see the use for the service to non network users, and don't see why it's enabled by default.
Once again, thanks for taking the time to reply.

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