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Unable to migrate my profile from XP to Win 7

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I want to migrate my Firefox profile (bookmarks, passwords, last sites visited, installed extensions/apps settings etc) from my Win XP 64 machine to my new Win 7 machine. Firefox is up to date (34.0. 5) on my XP 64 and Win 7 machines (I manually installed the active apps/extensions on Win 7). However Firefox was originally installed on my XP machine many years ago (at least 6) if that matters.

I've read the articles and tried everything I can think of but *nothing* works.

On my XP machine, I have only the default profile (from running Firefox with the -P option). This is located in C:\Documents And Settings\TexasTim65\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\1f2yd5bq.default

On my Win 7 machine I located the default profile in C:\Users\TexasTim65\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bjy0sgis.default.

Try #1) I copied the 1f2yd5bq.default folder to Win 7. I run Firefox -P but the profile manager only sees the default profile. So it apparently can't detect new profiles randomly added to the Profiles folder. So that's a no-go.

Try #2) I open the bjy0sgis.default folder on Win 7. I delete everything in this folder. I then copy and paste in everything from 1f2yd5bq.default. I start Firefox and it's got nothing. No bookmarks, no last sites visited and I assume no password info or anything else. So this doesn't work for me either even though MANY people claim this is all they had to do.

Try #3) Using the profile manager on Win 7 I added a new profile called Main. I once again copied everything from 1f2yd5bq.default into the new profile. I set Main to be the default profile used (which I know works because it uses different extensions/plugins) but of course I have nothing from my copied profile.

So I'm stumped. Something is different about my setup that isn't allowing me to migrate over in a simple manner.

TIA,

Tim

P.S. Is there any thing I can do to get Firefox to create the EXACT same profile name under Win 7 as I had under XP? I would have thought the same username would generate the same default profile but apparently it doesn't.

I want to migrate my Firefox profile (bookmarks, passwords, last sites visited, installed extensions/apps settings etc) from my Win XP 64 machine to my new Win 7 machine. Firefox is up to date (34.0. 5) on my XP 64 and Win 7 machines (I manually installed the active apps/extensions on Win 7). However Firefox was originally installed on my XP machine many years ago (at least 6) if that matters. I've read the articles and tried everything I can think of but *nothing* works. On my XP machine, I have only the default profile (from running Firefox with the -P option). This is located in C:\Documents And Settings\TexasTim65\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\1f2yd5bq.default On my Win 7 machine I located the default profile in C:\Users\TexasTim65\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bjy0sgis.default. Try #1) I copied the 1f2yd5bq.default folder to Win 7. I run Firefox -P but the profile manager only sees the default profile. So it apparently can't detect new profiles randomly added to the Profiles folder. So that's a no-go. Try #2) I open the bjy0sgis.default folder on Win 7. I delete everything in this folder. I then copy and paste in everything from 1f2yd5bq.default. I start Firefox and it's got nothing. No bookmarks, no last sites visited and I assume no password info or anything else. So this doesn't work for me either even though MANY people claim this is all they had to do. Try #3) Using the profile manager on Win 7 I added a new profile called Main. I once again copied everything from 1f2yd5bq.default into the new profile. I set Main to be the default profile used (which I know works because it uses different extensions/plugins) but of course I have nothing from my copied profile. So I'm stumped. Something is different about my setup that isn't allowing me to migrate over in a simple manner. TIA, Tim P.S. Is there any thing I can do to get Firefox to create the EXACT same profile name under Win 7 as I had under XP? I would have thought the same username would generate the same default profile but apparently it doesn't.

Chosen solution

"On my Win 7 machine I located the default profile in C:\Users\TexasTim65\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bjy0sgis.default. "

There is another "Profile" folder at C:\Users\TexasTim65\AppData\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bjy0sgis.default - without the \Local in the path. That's the folder you need to copy your old Profile files into.

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alex_mayorga
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¡Hola Tim!

Why don't you try Sync, see https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/products/firefox/sync ? It should work for your use case.

Let us know if you need further help.

¡Hola Tim! Why don't you try Sync, see https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/products/firefox/sync ? It should work for your use case. Let us know if you need further help.
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"On my Win 7 machine I located the default profile in C:\Users\TexasTim65\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bjy0sgis.default. "

There is another "Profile" folder at C:\Users\TexasTim65\AppData\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bjy0sgis.default - without the \Local in the path. That's the folder you need to copy your old Profile files into.

'''''"On my Win 7 machine I located the default profile in''' '''C:\Users\TexasTim65\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bjy0sgis.default. "''''' There is another "Profile" folder at '''C:\Users\TexasTim65\AppData\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\bjy0sgis.default''' - '''''without the \Local in the path'''''. That's the folder you need to copy your old Profile files into.

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Alex,

I had no idea the sync feature existed until I started this whole process. Given that I plan to run my former machine as a Virtual Machine I will definitely be getting the sync feature working. It looks really cool and will be handy for my Android phone too.

Edmeister,

THANK YOU! I had no idea there was a 2nd location. I found it easily once I knew it was there and the cut-n-paste worked. You might want to point that out in the instructions to make people aware there are 2 locations and only 1 is the right one (what does the 2nd one do anyway?)

Tim

Alex, I had no idea the sync feature existed until I started this whole process. Given that I plan to run my former machine as a Virtual Machine I will definitely be getting the sync feature working. It looks really cool and will be handy for my Android phone too. Edmeister, THANK YOU! I had no idea there was a 2nd location. I found it easily once I knew it was there and the cut-n-paste worked. You might want to point that out in the instructions to make people aware there are 2 locations and only 1 is the right one (what does the 2nd one do anyway?) Tim