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The VMware Bridge Protocol service isn't the same kind of service as, say, the Print Spooler. Normal services run in a process of their own or in a shared service hosting process (svchost.exe). vmnetbridge, however, is actually a kernel-mode driver: C:\Windows\System32>sc query vmnetbridge SERVICE_NAME: vmnetbridge TYPE : 1 ...


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To add to the person above ... there is a much better way. Open the task manager (R click on the Taskbar to find it), and when the window appears, select the "Processes" tab and tick the box at the bottom which says "Show processes from all users". Now sort the list by clicking on the column heading for "Working Set (Memory)" which puts the largest number ...


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I can't comment but... Have you tried using OnFailure= in the [Unit] section?


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After too many hours and too many reboots trying to solve this problem, I managed to figure out what it is. I haven't found this solution anywhere else, so I'm sharing here in the hopes that people who have this problem in the future don't need to spend as long as I did fixing it :) I used Systinternals Process Monitor and filtered on my instance of svchost ...


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The default Startup type of the Distributed Transaction Coordinator service is Manual. Therefore, it will only start in one of two circumstances: It is explicitly started, e.g. from the Services management tool. This isn't particularly likely, since it doesn't do anything interesting on its own. Management tools for it, like the Component Services snap-in ...



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