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After upgrading to Windows 8, FireFox only brought in A-C. Bookmarks were arranged in folders. How do I import?

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After upgrading one of our PCs to Windows 8, not all of the bookmarks were in FireFox upon opening the browser for the first time after the upgrade. Only A-C were brought in. We've tried several methods of getting the rest back into the browser with no such luck.

The folder where all the bookmarks are housed was found and backed up. The problem as I see it is that all of the individual bookmarks were sorted into Folders. When the main Bookmarks folder is opened, it contains individual pages (similar to what one would see if they saved the page as a .html page, instead of printing or another save method), and then there are subfolders, that contain even more individual pages. (If this is confusing, I can post an image or a link to an image.) In order to access a bookmarked page, we currently have to go to File Explorer, navigate to the Bookmarks folder, search through the links (which show as the full URL) and folders, to click on the url to have it open in the default browser.

As far as I've been able to discern, through research and trial-and-error, these won't be read by FireFox in the format they are as I view them currently; they need to be in one single .html with links and sublinks, not individual clickable pages. But since they are no longer viewable in the Bookmarks section in FireFox, I am unable to Export them to the correct format.

How do I get *all* of the bookmarks back into FireFox's Bookmarks menu dropdown? Thanks.

(Btw, the computer/browser I'm using are not the PC in reference above, in fact, it is not even a PC, so please do not use any info that may show regarding any automatically inserted text about the "internal workings of [my] browser, as it is of no value to this issue.)

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The disk folder you're describing sounds a lot like the Windows Favorites folder. That's actually completely independent from Firefox's bookmark storage.

After your upgrade, did you freshly install Firefox? In that case, the problem might be an incomplete import of your Windows Favorites (IE Favorites) instead of an incomplete recovery of your old Firefox bookmarks.

To see whether you still have your Firefox bookmarks, in your backup -- for example, the C:\Windows.old\ folder, or a backup on external media -- could you try to track down a folder named bookmarkbackups. By default, this is hidden folder, so you may need to turn on viewing of hidden files and folders. This article has the steps:

Let me know what you find and then I can suggest next steps.