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Bitsadmin.exe: What Is It & What Is It Used For?

Comprehensive guide about the bitsadmin command line tool


There are many command-line tools available to Windows users, and in a previous article, we discussed one of these tools called BCDEdit.exe. However, in this article, we will talk about another command-line tool known as bitsadmin.exe.

We will walk you through everything you need to know so that you can effectively use this tool.

What is BITSAdmin exe used for?

The bitsadmin.exe command-line tool carries out various functions, and some of them include.

  • Creating a job to download or upload a file
  • Canceling a job
  • Pausing or resuming a job
  • Listing all jobs
  • Getting the status of a job
  • Deleting a job

Where is BITSAdmin exe located?

A legitimate BITSAdmin.exe file should be located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. If you discover the file is stored in an unknown location, you should be cautious as this could be a virus.

How do I clear all jobs in BITSAdmin?

  1. Hold the Windows + R keys together to bring up the Run dialogue, type cmd in the text field, then hold Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt with administrative privileges.
  2. Once in the command prompt, input the command below to clear all jobs in the transfer queue
    bitsadmin /reset
  3. Finally, after running this command, all the jobs in the transfer queue will be cleared.

What is the alternative to BITSAdmin?

The best alternative to bitsadmin.exe is PowerShell. PowerShell is a more modern command-line tool that enables you to perform various tasks, including file transfer.

In conclusion, if you have carefully followed through with this article, you should have a solid understanding of the bitsadmin.exe command-line tool and how to use it effectively.

If you enjoyed this article, you would also like another article about an important background process known as Backgroundtransferhost.exe.

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