Windows 10 Services

Block Level Backup Engine Service - Windows 10 Service

The WBENGINE service is used by Windows Backup to perform backup and recovery operations. If this service is stopped by a user, it may cause the currently running backup or recovery operation to fail. Disabling this service may disable backup and recovery operations using Windows Backup on your computer.

This service also exists in Windows 7, 8 and Vista.

Startup Type

Windows 10 version Home Pro Education Enterprise
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Default Properties

Display name:Block Level Backup Engine Service
Service name:wbengine
Error control:normal
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeBackupPrivilege
  • SeManageVolumePrivilege
  • SeRestorePrivilege
  • SeSystemEnvironmentPrivilege
  • SeSecurityPrivilege
  • SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege
  • SeShutdownPrivilege

Default Behavior

The Block Level Backup Engine Service is running as localSystem in its own process of wbengine.exe. It doesn't share its process with other services. If Block Level Backup Engine Service fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 10 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the wbengine service has failed to start.

Restore Default Startup Type for Block Level Backup Engine Service

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 10 edition and release, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreBlockLevelBackupEngineServiceWindows10.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the wbengine.exe file exists in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 10 installation media.