By Delia / Last update December 13, 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 “Windows Server Backup reading data, please wait.” or “Removing deleted items...”. You computer works slowly like a snail and you can’t do anything else, because it is backing up.

  • Run missing backup 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 the issue is fixed it will attempt to start the backup right away. However, in most cases, 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. Also, these solutions also work for stopping Windows backup service in Server 2012 R2. 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 the command line 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.

Now, you may successfully stop Windows backup service in server 2012, you don't need to worry about that the backup software will affect the use your computer or it backs up when you don't need.

However, it will not backup any data you created or changed as well. This may not be a big problem in the short period, but from long-term, this may result in data loss or OS and program reinstallation if your computer gets corrupted due to various errors, such as, virus attack, system crash, corrupted boot sectors, etc.

To avoid this situation, it's necessary to create a system image backup by preference with another Windows Server 2012 backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server. 

Backup system in Windows Server 2012 flexibly 

AOMEI Backupper Server is a professional backup software for Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019/2022 (including R2)/SBS 2003/2008/2011 as well as Windows PC systems. It allows you to backup system, disk, partition or files without interrupting any operation in progress. And you can choose to customize backup settings by preferences and not run the missing backup after starting computer next time. 

Below are some useful features you may use during the backup process:

System Backup: It allows you to backup everything in the system partition including the operating system, boot partition(s), system files, personal data and installed program, etc.
Microsoft VSS or AOMEI Backup Service: It allows you to use your computer while backing up.
Schedule Backup: It has the ability to set automatic backup in server 2012 based on daily, weekly, monthly, event-triggers, USB plug in. You can specify backup date, backup time and intervals per your needs.
Wake the computer to run scheduled tasks: It allows you to wake up the computer from sleep or hibernate mode 2 minutes before the scheduled task start.
After the scheduled task is complete: It allows you to preconfigure the operation after scheduled task, you can shut down or restart your computer, or make it sleep or hibernate.
Backup Scheme: It's used to delete old backup image for a scheduled task to free up backup disk space.

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 2008/2012/2016/2019/2022
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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 Backup > Enable Schedule Backup, then select one or more settings. And you can  go to Advanced and uncheck the option "Run the missing backup after starting computer next time" to avoid backup at startup. 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.

  • USB plug in: It allows you to backup system to USB flash drive when it's plugged in, without any human intervention.

  • 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 time, then tick "Wake the computer to run scheduled tasks".

Schedule Settings General


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

  • To manage disk space automatically, click Backup Scheme at the lower location to specify how to execute.

  • If you want to restore system later, you can go to Home, then select the System Backup task and 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 2016/2019/2022 and other previous operating system. 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.