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My experience of using tor on a windows machine is not good (see this). I have successfully used tor as a relay on my Linux virtual machine (just to test how it works) and it worked fine. So, I know how to edit the torrc file to set up a relay.

I recently tried to set up the relay on my host windows machine. So, I added the following lines to my torrc file.

ORPort 3195
Exitpolicy reject *:*
Nickname testrelay3195
ContactInfo human@yopmail.com

But, I am getting an error pop-up. There is also no(0) entry in the log file to debug the problem.

Tor exited during startup. This might be due to an error in your torrc file, a bug in Tor or another program on your system, or faulty hardware. Until you fix the underlying problem and restart Tor, Tor Browser will not start.

If I remove the lines, Tor starts normally.

Any idea, what is going on?

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    Are any of the ports already in use? – cacahuatl Apr 14 '17 at 22:04
  • No. I have checked with netstat. – Sourav Ghosh Apr 15 '17 at 5:39

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