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Importing exact firefox version and bookmarks from one computer to another

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Just got a new computer, really excited, but heard that firefox changed and I don't like the firefoxes that I see in recent computers.

I'm still using an old windows xp computer, with firefox 28 I believe.

My new computer is a windows 8.1, and it has all the new bells and whistles. My current version of firefox on XP looks like this:

http://i.imgur.com/nnRjFFk.png

Basic, very simple, just the way I like it. I just want my add-ons and my bookmarks, with everything placed in exactly the same way as it is in that picture (a friend of mine's firefox actually has the home/refresh/stop buttons on the right, what the heck?)

Want to know what's the step by step actions I need to undertake to transfer my firefox as soon as possible and start using my new computer. Would appreciate the help thank you.

Just got a new computer, really excited, but heard that firefox changed and I don't like the firefoxes that I see in recent computers. I'm still using an old windows xp computer, with firefox 28 I believe. My new computer is a windows 8.1, and it has all the new bells and whistles. My current version of firefox on XP looks like this: http://i.imgur.com/nnRjFFk.png Basic, very simple, just the way I like it. I just want my add-ons and my bookmarks, with everything placed in exactly the same way as it is in that picture (a friend of mine's firefox actually has the home/refresh/stop buttons on the right, what the heck?) Want to know what's the step by step actions I need to undertake to transfer my firefox as soon as possible and start using my new computer. Would appreciate the help thank you.

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FredMcD
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Security Issue: Update your Flash Player v16.0.0.296
https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html


Your clip looks a lot like my current, updated system.

There are add-ons that can give back what Mozilla has taken away. If you need help with this, just ask.


Examples:

Bookmark and use this; Download the Mozilla Search Reset {web link} This add-on is very simple: on installation, it backs up and then resets your search preferences and home page to their default values, and then uninstalls itself. This affects the search bar, URL bar searches, and the home page.


Settings Guard for Firefox {web link} Detects and resets changes to settings that are frequently done by add-ons and application installers.

Security Issue: Update your Flash Player '''v16.0.0.296<br>https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html''' ------------------------ Your clip looks a lot like my current, updated system. There are add-ons that can give back what Mozilla has taken away. If you need help with this, just ask. ---------------------- Examples: Bookmark and use this; Download the '''[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/searchreset/ Mozilla Search Reset]''' {web link} This add-on is very simple: on installation, it backs up and then resets your search preferences and home page to their default values, and then uninstalls itself. This affects the search bar, URL bar searches, and the home page. --------------------- '''[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/settings-guard Settings Guard for Firefox]''' {web link} Detects and resets changes to settings that are frequently done by add-ons and application installers.

Question owner

What about an import/export feature like literally saving my exact firefox bookmarks and add-ons, or an account that I can have from one computer to another that has the same firefox for all, like the way most technology accounts are nowadays from phone app stores to video games.

What about an import/export feature like literally saving my exact firefox bookmarks and add-ons, or an account that I can have from one computer to another that has the same firefox for all, like the way most technology accounts are nowadays from phone app stores to video games.
the-edmeister
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Take a look at this - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/febe/ - for backing up and restoring your Profile data.

The Firefox Sync service that synchronizes Profile data was upgraded in Firefox 29 and while the older version still works, the creation of new accounts was closed down about 3 months after Fx 29 was released, and adding a new device to an existing older version account was shut down a few months later, IIRC. So Sync is not an option for users with Firefox 28 or older.

Take a look at this - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/febe/ - for backing up and restoring your Profile data. The Firefox Sync service that synchronizes Profile data was upgraded in Firefox 29 and while the older version still works, the creation of new accounts was closed down about 3 months after Fx 29 was released, and adding a new device to an existing older version account was shut down a few months later, IIRC. So Sync is not an option for users with Firefox 28 or older.

Question owner

Alright I'm downloading it. Now how will I use it? I'm currently downloading it on Firefox 28. So if I start to download firefox on the new computer, should the first add-on I download be febe? Then what do I do?

Alright I'm downloading it. Now how will I use it? I'm currently downloading it on Firefox 28. So if I start to download firefox on the new computer, should the first add-on I download be febe? Then what do I do?

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Okay I tried it and it's not working. I backed up a profile on this old computer, and downloaded firefox on the new computer, and then febe, and then tried to click "restore profile" and it wouldn't let me. What do I do now?

Okay I tried it and it's not working. I backed up a profile on this old computer, and downloaded firefox on the new computer, and then febe, and then tried to click "restore profile" and it wouldn't let me. What do I do now?
Starr 0 solutions 8 answers

JohnDu.. what about doing a fresh install on the new computer of Firefox .. make sure that there is NO traces or links under user dataapp file and mozilla.. than go to the old system and copy the contents of the users folders one by one on to a flash drive than to the New

WAIT you have windows correct.. way can't you use the easy file transfer option.. have you tried that??

JohnDu.. what about doing a fresh install on the new computer of Firefox .. make sure that there is NO traces or links under user dataapp file and mozilla.. than go to the old system and copy the contents of the users folders one by one on to a flash drive than to the New WAIT you have windows correct.. way can't you use the easy file transfer option.. have you tried that??

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I... don't know what that is. Anyway what I did was I backed up the profile on a flash drive, stuck it in the new computer, and tried to click restore profile but it wouldn't let me. I just don't know what I did wrong. Perhaps profile backing isn't what I was supposed to do to get my exact firefox layout, add-ons, bookmarks, and general settings?

I... don't know what that is. Anyway what I did was I backed up the profile on a flash drive, stuck it in the new computer, and tried to click restore profile but it wouldn't let me. I just don't know what I did wrong. Perhaps profile backing isn't what I was supposed to do to get my exact firefox layout, add-ons, bookmarks, and general settings?
Starr 0 solutions 8 answers

JohnDu when ever WINDOWS creates a new version lately they have a program on the system that will allow you to connect the new computer to the old and just transfer files.. let me see if I can a link and yes unfortunately when you downloaded Firefox on the new system it automatically creates a new profile for you.... so with the said,, is there a certain reason you want to transfer to old over?? other than book marks what other benefits are you looking to bring over?

JohnDu when ever WINDOWS creates a new version lately they have a program on the system that will allow you to connect the new computer to the old and just transfer files.. let me see if I can a link and yes unfortunately when you downloaded Firefox on the new system it automatically creates a new profile for you.... so with the said,, is there a certain reason you want to transfer to old over?? other than book marks what other benefits are you looking to bring over?
the-edmeister
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Here's the support forum for add-ons that were created by the developer of FEBE. http://www.customsoftwareconsult.com/forum/index.php

I have never used FEBE myself, so I can't help you with it.

Here's the support forum for add-ons that were created by the developer of FEBE. http://www.customsoftwareconsult.com/forum/index.php I have never used FEBE myself, so I can't help you with it.
Starr 0 solutions 8 answers

so sorry JohnDu easy transfer is not available for windows 8 but I did find another way.. it is called one drive thru windows and here is the link from the windows forum

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/getting-started-onedrive-tutorial

this would cover all that is on the old so read carefully.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/getting-started-onedrive-tutorial

so sorry JohnDu easy transfer is not available for windows 8 but I did find another way.. it is called one drive thru windows and here is the link from the windows forum http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/getting-started-onedrive-tutorial this would cover all that is on the old so read carefully. [http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/getting-started-onedrive-tutorial http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/getting-started-onedrive-tutorial]
FredMcD
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On the old computer, open the profiles folder. NOT your profile, the folder with all of the profiles. Plug in a thumb drive. Open another window to the thumb. Go to the profiles folder. The profile you want to copy, place the mouse on it, hold down the left button, now drag the mouse to the button window while holding down the <Control> key, then drop it in. This should copy the whole profile to the thumb.

Once that is done, properly remove the thumb. Go to the new computer, and plug it in. Open a window to the thumb, and another to the profiles folder. Repeat the above instructions to copy the thumb into the profiles folder.

Once done, open the Firefox Profiles Manager. Select the copied profile. Note; this will only copy the user profile, settings, and some options.


https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profile-manager-create-and-remove-firefox-profiles Windows: 32-bit C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe -p 64-bit C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe -p Mac: Navigate to /Applications/Utilities. Open the Terminal application. In the Terminal application, enter the following: /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin -p Linux: In Terminal run: firefox –P For users who have one or more builds from mozilla.org this will not work. It would be best to have the full path so if you had placed the untared contents in a folder in /home it would be /home/<username>/foldername/firefox/firefox –P An easy way would be not to do it in a terminal but in say a launcher since you have to point it to the firefox script in Firefox folder you can then add –P on end. You can also have the exact "profilename" after the -P so Firefox will start with that Profile.

On the old computer, open the profiles folder. NOT your profile, the folder with '''all of the profiles. '''Plug in a thumb drive. Open another window to the thumb. Go to the profiles folder. The profile you want to copy, place the mouse on it, hold down the left button, now drag the mouse to the button window while holding down the <Control> key, then drop it in. This should copy the whole profile to the thumb. Once that is done, properly remove the thumb. Go to the new computer, and plug it in. Open a window to the thumb, and another to the profiles folder. Repeat the above instructions to copy the thumb into the profiles folder. Once done, open the Firefox Profiles Manager. Select the copied profile. Note; this will only copy the user profile, settings, and some options. '''https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profile-manager-create-and-remove-firefox-profiles''' '''Windows: 32-bit''' C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe -p '''64-bit''' C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe -p '''Mac:''' Navigate to '''/Applications/Utilities.''' Open the Terminal application. In the Terminal application, enter the following: /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin -p '''Linux:''' In '''Terminal''' run: firefox –P For users who have one or more builds from mozilla.org this will not work. It would be best to have the full path so if you had placed the untared contents in a folder in /home it would be /home/<username>/foldername/firefox/firefox –P An easy way would be not to do it in a terminal but in say a launcher since you have to point it to the firefox script in Firefox folder you can then add –P on end. You can also have the exact "profilename" after the -P so Firefox will start with that Profile.

Question owner

Oh god that seems really... overwhelming. I opened the link and am going to attempt to create a profile now.

Will this save stuff like my configuration settings and layout of the home/back/forward/refresh/stop buttons etc?

Oh god that seems really... overwhelming. I opened the link and am going to attempt to create a profile now. Will this save stuff like my configuration settings and layout of the home/back/forward/refresh/stop buttons etc?
cor-el
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It would be best to reinstall the extensions on the new computer and redo the other customizations, especially since this is a different OS (XP and Windows 8.1) You could consider to use Sync to sync some important personal data.


See also:

It would be best to reinstall the extensions on the new computer and redo the other customizations, especially since this is a different OS (XP and Windows 8.1) You could consider to use Sync to sync some important personal data. *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/what-firefox-sync *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/how-do-i-set-up-firefox-sync ---- See also: *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/Backing+up+your+information *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/Recovering+important+data+from+an+old+profile
FredMcD
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JohnDu said

Will this save stuff like my configuration settings and layout of the home/back/forward/refresh/stop buttons etc?

My instructions above should copy all of the old profile. However, things like add-ons might not. But you can just download the current versions from the Mozilla Add-ons Web Page {web link} (There’s a lot of good stuff here).

''JohnDu [[#answer-685943|said]]'' <blockquote> Will this save stuff like my configuration settings and layout of the home/back/forward/refresh/stop buttons etc? </blockquote> My instructions above should copy all of the old profile. However, things like add-ons might not. But you can just download the current versions from the '''[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ Mozilla Add-ons Web Page]''' {web link} (There’s a lot of good stuff here).

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Okay I'll try it. I really only have 4 add-ons I guess, but they're indispensable to me, those being adblock, grab-and-drag, imagezoom, and most important of all Stylish, which means that if I have to individually download each add-on again I'm going to have to try and copy each stylish code that I've written for each website, altering things such as sidebar placement, page layout, etc etc.

Okay I'll try it. I really only have 4 add-ons I guess, but they're indispensable to me, those being adblock, grab-and-drag, imagezoom, and most important of all Stylish, which means that if I have to individually download each add-on again I'm going to have to try and copy each stylish code that I've written for each website, altering things such as sidebar placement, page layout, etc etc.
LostGod 14 solutions 166 answers

You can try going to %appdata% copying the Mozilla folder and then posting it on the new computer. It basically consists of your settings, extension, history, bookmarks, and etc.

You can try going to %appdata% copying the Mozilla folder and then posting it on the new computer. It basically consists of your settings, extension, history, bookmarks, and etc.

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the-edmeister
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JohnDu,

Please stop listening to the "answers" / suggestion that are posted by people with a 2-digit number of answers here, and listen to the contributors who have been around Firefox support for more than a few days, weeks, or months. Like maybe in excess of the 4-digit level of support postings. along with at least a 10% level of solutions shown. Solutions divided by answers, for those who are math impaired.


I recommended using FEBE, because that extension is geared for relatively new or inexperienced Firefox users. Sorry I can't provide advice about using FEBE - as I have my own convoluted method, that I have been using since long before FEBE was even "a gleam in that developer's eyes". I am surprised that FredMcD didn't offer some tips for using FEBE, because he recommends that add-on more that anyone else here does.

Did you even try asking other FEBE users about how to use FEBE here in the FEBE support forum - http://www.customsoftwareconsult.com/forum/index.php - ? Have you reviewed the FEBE homepage - http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/febe.html - ? That link is posted in the right-column of the AMO download page for FEBE. There's 5 links to user help guides for using FEBE, the first if which is this - http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/tutorial/febe101.html Or this - http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/tutorial/febeRestoreProfile.html - which tells you how to restore the FEBE backup?

JohnDu, Please stop listening to the "answers" / suggestion that are posted by people with a 2-digit number of answers here, and listen to the contributors who have been around Firefox support for more than a few days, weeks, or months. ''Like maybe in excess of the 4-digit level of support postings. along with at least a 10% level of solutions shown. Solutions divided by answers, for those who are math impaired.'' -------------- I recommended using FEBE, because that extension is geared for relatively new or inexperienced Firefox users. Sorry I can't provide advice about using FEBE - as I have my own convoluted method, that I have been using since long before FEBE was even "a gleam in that developer's eyes". I am surprised that FredMcD didn't offer some tips for using FEBE, because he recommends that add-on more that anyone else here does. Did you even try asking other FEBE users about how to use FEBE here in the FEBE support forum - http://www.customsoftwareconsult.com/forum/index.php - ? Have you reviewed the FEBE homepage - http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/febe.html - ? ''That link is posted in the right-column of the AMO download page for FEBE.'' There's 5 links to user help guides for using FEBE, the first if which is this - http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/tutorial/febe101.html Or this - http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/tutorial/febeRestoreProfile.html - which tells you how to restore the FEBE backup?
LostGod 14 solutions 166 answers

the-edmeister said

JohnDu, Please stop listening to the "answers" / suggestion that are posted by people with a 2-digit number of answers here, and listen to the contributors who have been around Firefox support for more than a few days, weeks, or months. Like maybe in excess of the 4-digit level of support postings. along with at least a 10% level of solutions shown. Solutions divided by answers, for those who are math impaired.

I recommended using FEBE, because that extension is geared for relatively new or inexperienced Firefox users. Sorry I can't provide advice about using FEBE - as I have my own convoluted method, that I have been using since long before FEBE was even "a gleam in that developer's eyes". I am surprised that FredMcD didn't offer some tips for using FEBE, because he recommends that add-on more that anyone else here does.

Did you even try asking other FEBE users about how to use FEBE here in the FEBE support forum - http://www.customsoftwareconsult.com/forum/index.php - ? Have you reviewed the FEBE homepage - http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/febe.html - ? That link is posted in the right-column of the AMO download page for FEBE. There's 5 links to user help guides for using FEBE, the first if which is this - http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/tutorial/febe101.html Or this - http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/tutorial/febeRestoreProfile.html - which tells you how to restore the FEBE backup?

Wow, that was a little unnecessary.

''the-edmeister [[#answer-687325|said]]'' <blockquote> JohnDu, Please stop listening to the "answers" / suggestion that are posted by people with a 2-digit number of answers here, and listen to the contributors who have been around Firefox support for more than a few days, weeks, or months. ''Like maybe in excess of the 4-digit level of support postings. along with at least a 10% level of solutions shown. Solutions divided by answers, for those who are math impaired.'' -------------- I recommended using FEBE, because that extension is geared for relatively new or inexperienced Firefox users. Sorry I can't provide advice about using FEBE - as I have my own convoluted method, that I have been using since long before FEBE was even "a gleam in that developer's eyes". I am surprised that FredMcD didn't offer some tips for using FEBE, because he recommends that add-on more that anyone else here does. Did you even try asking other FEBE users about how to use FEBE here in the FEBE support forum - http://www.customsoftwareconsult.com/forum/index.php - ? Have you reviewed the FEBE homepage - http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/febe.html - ? ''That link is posted in the right-column of the AMO download page for FEBE.'' There's 5 links to user help guides for using FEBE, the first if which is this - http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/tutorial/febe101.html Or this - http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/tutorial/febeRestoreProfile.html - which tells you how to restore the FEBE backup? </blockquote> Wow, that was a little unnecessary.

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Huh... while a bit rough around the edges, I actually got it to work using FEBE:

http://i.imgur.com/xMshEAf.png


Here's the problem though; it keeps resetting to the default firefox every time I close the browser, I don't know how to make it permanent or why it isn't permanent in the first place.

Another thing, I still don't have the back, forward, stop and refresh buttons. Anyone know how to get those? I can't find them in the customize option.

I also would rather not have those 3 lines thing next to my grab-and-drag hand if possible, it's just taking up space.


Really excited that I'm finally making headway here, and am really appreciating the help so far thank you guys.

Huh... while a bit rough around the edges, I actually got it to work using FEBE: http://i.imgur.com/xMshEAf.png Here's the problem though; it keeps resetting to the default firefox every time I close the browser, I don't know how to make it permanent or why it isn't permanent in the first place. Another thing, I still don't have the back, forward, stop and refresh buttons. Anyone know how to get those? I can't find them in the customize option. I also would rather not have those 3 lines thing next to my grab-and-drag hand if possible, it's just taking up space. Really excited that I'm finally making headway here, and am really appreciating the help so far thank you guys.

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Scratch the first problem, I think I've got it to stop resetting. All that's left is those buttons and 3 lines thing.

Scratch the first problem, I think I've got it to stop resetting. All that's left is those buttons and 3 lines thing.