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Did a clean install, bookmarks gone

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To resolve an issue that has been plaguing me, I did a clean install of Firefox. I followed some instructions I found on here that ensured that all I had to do was rename the existing Firefox folder to something else, download and run the installer again, and I should have done a clean install without losing my user data.

The issue I had has been fixed, but all of my add-ons and bookmarks are gone. I can get the add-ons back, but where can I find the bookmarks in the old Firefox folder?

To resolve an issue that has been plaguing me, I did a clean install of Firefox. I followed some instructions I found on here that ensured that all I had to do was rename the existing Firefox folder to something else, download and run the installer again, and I should have done a clean install without losing my user data. The issue I had has been fixed, but all of my add-ons and bookmarks are gone. I can get the add-ons back, but where can I find the bookmarks in the old Firefox folder?

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I knew there was a folder I forgot to check. Regardless, I got my stuff back after signing in to Firefox again (independent of this site). Sorry for wasting for time, but I'll remember that info as well if I ever have this issue again.

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Question: When you installed Firefox again, did it mention creating a new profile? To check for other profiles that Firefox is aware of, check the steps in this article: Recover lost or missing Bookmarks.


You only renamed this folder:

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox

to something like

C:\Program Files\OldFirefox

Normally that folder only has program files and not your data. Your data is stored in a profile folder, usually under:

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

It's a hidden folder, but you can set Windows to show hidden files and folders: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/view-hidden-files-and-folders-in-windows-97fbc472-c603-9d90-91d0-1166d1d9f4b5

Under Firefox, click into Profiles, then in each profile folder, look at the files in the bookmarkbackups folder and see whether any date back to before the reinstall.

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Επιλεγμένη λύση

I knew there was a folder I forgot to check. Regardless, I got my stuff back after signing in to Firefox again (independent of this site). Sorry for wasting for time, but I'll remember that info as well if I ever have this issue again.