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Need help to locate backed up Firefox profile to restore after Windows and Firefox re-install

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Prior to getting some desktop PC upgrades that required a new install of Windows 11 and a new install of Firefox, I backed up my entire PC (yea!).

Now that I have re-installed Firefox, I see that I have none of my saved bookmarks and so I want to restore the Firefox profile - all of it or at least the bookmarks.

I have tried following the Firefox instructions for this, but am apparently not doing it right.

I can't seem to locate the bookmarks file, for starters, in my backed up files. I find the profile but I don't find anything like places.sqlite.

Can someone help me so that I am locating the right (and complete) files, copying them correctly, and then switching to the new/old profile correctly?

Thanks in advance.

Prior to getting some desktop PC upgrades that required a new install of Windows 11 and a new install of Firefox, I backed up my entire PC (yea!). Now that I have re-installed Firefox, I see that I have none of my saved bookmarks and so I want to restore the Firefox profile - all of it or at least the bookmarks. I have tried following the Firefox instructions for this, but am apparently not doing it right. I can't seem to locate the bookmarks file, for starters, in my backed up files. I find the profile but I don't find anything like places.sqlite. Can someone help me so that I am locating the right (and complete) files, copying them correctly, and then switching to the new/old profile correctly? Thanks in advance.

Ausgewählte Lösung

Does your backup show this path:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox

AppData is a hidden folder, and the backup software might have preserved that attribute. You can set Windows to show hidden files and folders using the steps in the following article:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/view-hidden-files-and-folders-in-windows-97fbc472-c603-9d90-91d0-1166d1d9f4b5

If you were looking in Local instead of Roaming then make sure to look in Roaming for the good stuff.

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To do it right one would've had the Browser up and running in the prior setup to backup the data/profile/bookmark so one can restore it back. If those instructions weren't used this make it harder to restore since this is only a user help forum there not a person that is one demand that can do that now.

If these steps where not used it makes restore much harder and maybe impossible now.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/966133 https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1381158 https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recovering-important-data-from-an-old-profile

Some of steps should've been used before reinstalling the O/S.

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Ausgewählte Lösung

Does your backup show this path:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox

AppData is a hidden folder, and the backup software might have preserved that attribute. You can set Windows to show hidden files and folders using the steps in the following article:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/view-hidden-files-and-folders-in-windows-97fbc472-c603-9d90-91d0-1166d1d9f4b5

If you were looking in Local instead of Roaming then make sure to look in Roaming for the good stuff.

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jscher2000,

Thank you, a million and one times!

You nailed it! I was looking at the Local sub-folder instead of the Roaming sub-folder.

Fixed!!!

Thanks so very much.