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I’m sorry to bother you, however, I need some help with the Background Intelligence Transition Service(BITS) on  Laptop OS XP PRO. The reason that I would like to get BITS connected to the update history security downloads with a circled red X and yellow question mark  Error Code: 0x80246008, is that the following security items will not update:

(a) KB2909921, KB2909210, KB2916036; 

 (b) KB2914368, KB2893294, KB2892075 & KB2893984;

© KB2847311; KB2876217 & KB2864063;

(d) KB2393802 and especially Update for Windows XP (KB971029).

When I go to BITS and try the following:

Status of BITS in services.msc console whether it is started and set to Automatic. If it is stopped try starting it manually and post back the error message if you receive one. I receive the error message 1290 0x50a.

System Restore was tried and appears to be not working.


Appreciate any suggestions you might have in this matter.

I googled the BITS problem and got a lot of confusing ways to make corrections, however, I was not comfortable in trying any of them. I do not want to screw up the computer.


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Troubleshooting cannot proceed.

The troubleshooter has experienced an unexpected error and cannot continue.

Explore additional solutions on line.


I cannot find any solutions on line that I am comfortable with trying.


Thank you for your prompt response. Please offer another suggestion based on your vast experience. Thank you!

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An error 1290 for BITS looks like corrupted entries in the Registry. A few months ago the most common cause for that was applying a Microsoft Fix-It for Windows Update which wrongly added the Registry entries for Vista to computers running XP.


If that is so, open Notepad and cut and paste the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


"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."

Make sure there is a blank line at the bottom, in Notepad.


Save the file to the Desktop (File >> Save As...) as FixBITS.reg. Make sure that you type the ".reg" and not just "FixBITS" (otherwise the next step won't work).


Right-click on the icon for the file you just saved and click on the first line which says "Merge".


Confirm that you see a success message.


Reboot Windows.



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[Error number: 0x80070020]
warning.gif The website has encountered a problem and cannot display the page you are trying to view. The options provided below might help you solve the problem.

For self-help options:

For assisted support options:

Thank you for your suggestion. Above is what I received when the FixBITS.reg was merged. Please provide your comments on the error code received.


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James_A "you are the man" thank you for your valued help! Your suggestion helped! However, 


The McAfee Total Protection Vulnerability Scanner started and installed all of the updates except one. 

KB 2833941 Security Update for Microsoft NET Framework 1.1 SP1 in Windows XP.


Do you have any suggestions as to how to get this KB?


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"Error number: 0x80070020" is a sharing error -- it means file already in use.


Probably a temporary conflict with McAfee and BITS, after "poking" new values in the Registry.


I assume it went away after rebooting Windows. BITS, incidentally, should now appear as Manual (not Automatic) start, which is correct for XP.



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