By AOMEI / Last update July 5, 2021

Why stop Windows backup service in Server 2012?

For many Windows Server users, Windows Server Backup (WSB) is undoubtedly the savior of their data protection as WSB provides backup and recovery options for Windows Server environment. Administrators can use this feature to image Server 2012, backup a full server, specific files, and the system state, etc.

However, this feature can sometimes be annoying so that you have to stop Windows backup service in Server 2012. The following are two situations that WSB users often encounter.

  • Stuck for a long time with the message “Removing deleted items...” or “Windows Server Backup reading data, please wait.” You computer works slowly like a snail and you can’t do anything else, because it is backing up.

  • Run automatically after the system crash is fixed. If you have previously scheduled a backup, the default setting for the backup task will take the initiative to backup those missed events. This means if a system crash happened before the backup time, then when system is fixed it will attempt to start the backup right away. However, the truth is that you don’t want a backup at this time.

How to stop Windows backup service in Server 2012?

You may also be troubled by the situations mentioned above. Luckily, two simple and proven ways will be shown below to help you disable Windows Server Backup. Let’s have a look.

Solution 1. Stop Windows Server Backup via Server Manager

Step 1. Click Start in the lower left corner of the computer. Type Server Manager in the search box and then open it.

Step 2. Click Manage and Remove Roles and Features subsequently.


Step 3. Click Next to select a server you want to remove roles and features. 

Select Server

Step 4. Uncheck Windows Server Backup option box. Then press Next.

Remove Feature

Step 5. Click Remove to turn off Windows Server Backup service.


Solution 2. Stop Windows Server Backup service via Command Prompt

If you prefer to use command to stop any backups that have already started, you can follow these steps:

Step 1. Sign in to the computer as an administrator. Press Windows Key + X. Then choose Command Prompt (Admin).

Step 2. Type the command: wbadmin stop job and then press Enter.


Step 3. If there is a backup running, select Y to stop it.

The good news is that these solutions also can be used to stop Windows backup service in Server 2012 R2. It's important to note that once you turn off this feature, your data will no longer be backed up. However, you don't have to panic because you can turn to another Windows Server 2012 backup software.

Backup system with the best alternative software

To perform a backup smoothly and easily, you can use the best backup utility - AOMEI Backupper Server. Unlike WSB often gets stuck, this utility runs smoothly on Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016 (including R2)/SBS 2003/2008/2011 as well as Windows PC systems.

Its VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) technology allows the program to backup data without interrupting operations in progress. Schedule backup in this software enables you to set up an automatic backup Server based on daily, weekly, monthly, event-triggers, USB plug in or real-time sync.

By the way, the operating steps of this software are not as complicated as that of WSB. It is also very convenient to terminate the backup service of this utility. Besides, users can cancel scheduled tasks at any time after the backup is completed. Now, let’s learn how to create a system image backup for Windows Server 2012.

Step 1. Download 30-day free trial, install and open this backup utility.

Download Free Trial Server 2008/2012/2016/2019
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Step 2. Click Backup and System Backup subsequently.

System Backup

Step 3. You can modify the Task Name as you like. The related system partitions are selected by default. You just need to select the destination path.

Select Destination

Step 4. To automatic backup system, click Schedule and select one or more settings. To manage disk space automatically, click Scheme and select a specific role. If everything is correct, you can click Start Backup.

  • Daily/weekly/monthly backup: To continuously backup system and keep the latest updates, newly installed apps, added or deleted files, you could try daily backup, weekly backup or monthly backup. 

  • Event triggers: To backup system without any interfering of your operations, "System Shutdown" in Event triggers is recommended.

  • Wake the computer to run scheduled tasks: To backup system during off-peak hours, you can set the backup time to midnight or any other times, then tick "Wake the computer to run scheduled tasks".

  • Incremental or differential backup: To save backup time and disk space, both features are available, because they only backup the changed  content.

Schedule Settings General


  • Windows Server backup encryption can prevent unauthorized access. To use this feature, you can go Options ﹥ General ﹥ Enable encryption for backups.

  • If you want to restore system later, you can go Home ﹥ the System Backup task ﹥ Restore.

★ More efficient way to run system backup & restore in Windows Server

AOMEI OneKey Recovery, powerful onekey recovery software designed for both Windows PC & Server operating systems, enables you to save system image to a custom recovery partition. The recovery partition is accessible from Windows PE, and you can launch the system recovery process by pressing the “F11” or “A”  key during computer startup.

OneKey System Backup


Up to now, you have learned two efficient solutions to stop Windows backup service in Server 2012. For data security, it is suggested to use AOMEI Backupper Server to protect data after canceling this backup service.

With this backup utility, you also can create a system image backup for Windows Server 2016, backup Windows Server 2012 R2, and image Windows Server 2003, etc. Other practical features like disk backup, partition backup and file backup are also available in this utility. You can use them by your needs.

Besides, If you want to protect unlimited PCs and servers within your company, you may choose AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus. It offers unlimited billable technical services to clients. It also enables you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.