I have installed the tor-browser-package and I'd like to use tor only in combination with Thunderbird\torbirdy and without Firefox therefore I tried to start only tor.exe (I also tried tor.exe with some parameter (https://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-manual.html.en)) but torbirdy seems not to work in this case. Is there a way to start only tor without the Firefox browser under Windows?
You can run tor.exe without Tor browser in this way:
1) Copy torrc.defaults into the directory in which tor.exe is
2) Open cmd prompt windows
3) chdir to the directory where tor.exe is
4) Execute cmd line: tor.exe -f .\torrc.defaults
You will see tor is running and Socks listening on port 9150, Control listening on port 9151.