How to Disable BITS Service Permanently in Windows 8

After installing Windows 8 on my computer, I found the constant network activity from Windows services for accessing the Internet. It was very annoying as it was consuming so much of my Internet bandwidth. After some analysis I discovered that it was the Background Intelligence Transfer Service (BITS) that was responsible for this. So I went ahead and disabled it. But this service automatically starts every time you restart Windows. So I figured out the following method to disable it permanently which you can also use if needed.

Note : The BITS service in Windows 8 is required for receiving automatic updates from Microsoft. If you disable it, then the automatic updates feature may not work. You can enable it again to receive the updates. Personally, I enable it on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month because thats when Microsoft releases the updates.

1. Disabling BITS

  1. Download disable_bits_win8.zip and save it to your desktop.
  2. Extract the contents of the downloaded ZIP file on your desktop.
  3. Open an elevated command prompt and copy the following commands in it, pressing Enter after each line.
    CD %USERPROFILE%DESKTOP
    INSTALL.BAT

    Disable BITS Service Permanently in Windows 8

  4. That’s it. From now on, BITS service shall be disabled every 30 minutes, even after it manages to restart itself.

2. Enabling BITS Again

  1. Download disable_bits_win8.zip and save it to your desktop.
  2. Extract the contents of the downloaded ZIP file on your desktop.
  3. Open an elevated command prompt and copy the following commands in it, pressing Enter after each line.
    CD %USERPROFILE%DESKTOP
    REMOVE.BAT

    Disable BITS Service Permanently in Windows 8

  4. This would enable and restart BITS service and allow it to run automatically each time Windows starts.
  • Ivan V

    Hey! i have a problem with it
    When i put “install.bat” on the cmd appear these lines:


    [SC] OpenService FAILED 5:
    Access is denied.
    [SC] OpenService FAILED 5:
    Access is denied.
    Access is denied.
    0 file copied.
    ERROR: Access is denied. “

    • “Access is denied” because you did not use elevated administrator command line. You have to use the elevated command prompt.

      • Ivan V

        thank you so much. Now is disabled permanently 🙂