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Old 25-02-2008
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BITS Service missing on Vista 32

I tried to install Updates for Windows Vista 32. Error 80246008 notified me
about BITS. The BITS service is not present in the services list (control
panel). I tried to reinstall using ?€œbitsadmin /util /REPAIRSERVICE /FORCE?€?.
The OS replied :

BITSADMIN version 3.0 [ 7.0.6000 ]
BITS administration utility.
(C) Copyright 2000-2006 Microsoft Corp.

This command cannot be executed on this version of the operating system.

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Old 25-02-2008
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Re: BITS Service missing on Vista 32

Have you looked at -

Bits Repair Tool -
(Vista 32 bit/x86 version)
(Vista 64 bit/x64 version)

Other references to the error -

Windows Update error 80246008

You may receive an error message that contains the "0x8DDD0018" code or the "0x80246008"
code when you try to download updates from the Microsoft Windows Update Web site or from
the Microsoft Update Web site

An update is available to fix a Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) crash on a
Windows Vista-based computer
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Old 25-02-2008
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Re: BITS Service missing on Vista 32

No, I have spent 4 hours searching for solutions before starting this thread.
Solutions you are suggesting involve a correctly installed BITS service. On
my computer, this seems not to be the case.

BITS Service is not running, nor is it visible in the services list.

Thank you for your suggestions:

Bits Repair Tool - The BITS repair tool cannot fix the error (The specified
service does not exist as an installed service..)
Also the patch / update for the crashes doesn't work..
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Old 25-02-2008
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Re: BITS Service missing on Vista 32

Start a free Windows Update support incident request:

Support for Windows Update:

For home users, no-charge support is available by calling 1-866-PCSAFETY in
the United States and in Canada or by contacting your local Microsoft
subsidiary. There is no-charge for support calls that are associated with
security updates. When you call, clearly state that your problem is related
to a Security Update and cite the update's KB number (e.g., KB123456).

For more information about how to contact your local Microsoft subsidiary
for security update support issues, visit the International Support Web
site: http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx

For enterprise customers, support for security updates is available through
your usual support contacts.
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Old 25-02-2008
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Re: BITS Service missing on Vista 32

Solved this by editting registry. Windows Vista : Take ownership of registry
before editting!

Correct keys :

"DisplayName"="Background Intelligent Transfer Service"
"Description"="Transfers files in the background using idle network
bandwidth. If the service is stopped, features such as Windows Update, and
MSN Explorer will be unable to automatically download programs and other
information. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend
on it may fail to transfer files if they do not have a fail safe mechanism to
transfer files directly through IE in case BITS has been disabled"


"First Counter"=dword:00000774
"Last Counter"=dword:00000784
"First Help"=dword:00000775
"Last Help"=dword:00000785
"Object List"="1908"

"Security"=Some Hex value, probably generated at start..

"DeviceDesc"="Background Intelligent Transfer Service"
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Old 17-12-2009
Join Date: Dec 2009
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Re: BITS Service missing on Vista 32

could you please explain what you did to fix this problem? i have the same problem and its very frustrating because there are other things that wont work on my computer until i update. Should i just change the value data under regedit with the ones you listed? it would be VERY much appreciated. thanks!
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