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Can Firefox be installed to internal drives other than C: and can there be multiple versions of Firefox on one machine?

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Hey all.

I am looking to download the Firefox 52 ESR (at least I believe it's supposed to be 52, I dunno if it's 52.0 or one of the later builds) which is said to still work with Windows XP, in the hopes of getting Youtube working again as version 28 works fine on everything BUT that as mentioned here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1234282 , however I am extremely pressed for space on the Primary drive marked C:, which has me worried about downloading and installing a new version onto my primary internal hard drive. However I have two internal hard drives, C and W. Can the ESR be loaded onto a different internal drive (i.e. the W drive), and if so, will it be considered separate from version 28, which is my current version of the program, effectively allowing me to run both versions if I wish to? I know there is supposed to be a way to set up "profiles", which supposedly allow people to run multiple versions of a browser, but I'm not clear on how to do so as I am not a Tech guy. What I would need are pretty much simple, idiot proof instructions, on how to do this, so that I can either have both versions capable of being run, or at least be able to install the new browser to my second internal drive which has ample space to handle everything that the browser requires, space wise.

Hey all. I am looking to download the Firefox 52 ESR (at least I believe it's supposed to be 52, I dunno if it's 52.0 or one of the later builds) which is said to still work with Windows XP, in the hopes of getting Youtube working again as version 28 works fine on everything BUT that as mentioned here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1234282 , however I am extremely pressed for space on the Primary drive marked C:, which has me worried about downloading and installing a new version onto my primary internal hard drive. However I have two internal hard drives, C and W. Can the ESR be loaded onto a different internal drive (i.e. the W drive), and if so, will it be considered separate from version 28, which is my current version of the program, effectively allowing me to run both versions if I wish to? I know there is supposed to be a way to set up "profiles", which supposedly allow people to run multiple versions of a browser, but I'm not clear on how to do so as I am not a Tech guy. What I would need are pretty much simple, idiot proof instructions, on how to do this, so that I can either have both versions capable of being run, or at least be able to install the new browser to my second internal drive which has ample space to handle everything that the browser requires, space wise.

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  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
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  • RealJukebox Netscape Plugin
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  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • DRM Netscape Network Object
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • Rhapsody Player Engine Plugin

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James
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Marc7 said

I still need to know if the full version and the portable version can be running at the same time. I wanna make sure that the ESR works properly with YouTube. If it does, I'll eventually update the full version over to the 52.9.0 ESR. I will admit, I'm sad you guys stopped support on XP before you guys made the switch to Quantum since, while it's missing the classic title bar at the top of the browser window, it otherwise works exactly like 28.0 and prior in terms of look without having to worry about issues like Classic Theme Restorer.

Yes.

The limits you have with the EOL WinXP not having certain codecs (compared to Vista SP2 and later) on using HTML5 players will still be the same however 52.9.0 ESR will be much more secure and also have improvements and fixes on HTML5 use compared to what the 4 1/2 yo Firefox 28.0 has.

Quantum refers to Firefox 57.0 and later versions. Firefox 57.0 was Released on November 14, 2017. While the 52.9.0esr was out on June 26, 2018.

Mozilla dropped the EOL WinXP and Vista as of Firefox 53.0 released on April 19, 2017.

It was not a matter of if but when. It was nice of Mozilla to support WinXP/Vista for 2 1/2 years past when Chromium, Chrome and Opera dropped in April 2016.


There were many difficulties in trying to keep Firefox working well on WinXP as for example:

from the tracking Bug#1130266 for Reading is comment #16 (Sept 29, 2016) Jim Mathies [:jimm]

Supporting XP is actually become quite a problem for our releng teams in that data center testing hardware doesn't support XP anymore. So for example we currently use AWS for most of our testing, but have XP tests running on old hardware we have to maintain ourselves in a data center. It's issues like this that push us to move XP out to an extended support release where we can decommission most of our automated testing associated with it.
''Marc7 [[#answer-1158284|said]]'' <blockquote>I still need to know if the full version and the portable version can be running at the same time. I wanna make sure that the ESR works properly with YouTube. If it does, I'll eventually update the full version over to the 52.9.0 ESR. I will admit, I'm sad you guys stopped support on XP before you guys made the switch to Quantum since, while it's missing the classic title bar at the top of the browser window, it otherwise works exactly like 28.0 and prior in terms of look without having to worry about issues like Classic Theme Restorer. </blockquote> Yes. The limits you have with the EOL WinXP not having certain codecs (compared to Vista SP2 and later) on using HTML5 players will still be the same however 52.9.0 ESR will be much more secure and also have improvements and fixes on HTML5 use compared to what the 4 1/2 yo Firefox 28.0 has. Quantum refers to Firefox 57.0 and later versions. Firefox [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/57.0/releasenotes/ 57.0] was Released on November 14, 2017. While the [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/52.9.0/releasenotes/ 52.9.0esr] was out on June 26, 2018. Mozilla dropped the EOL WinXP and Vista as of Firefox [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/53.0/releasenotes/ 53.0] released on April 19, 2017. It was not a matter of if but when. It was nice of Mozilla to support WinXP/Vista for 2 1/2 years past when Chromium, Chrome and Opera dropped in April 2016. There were many difficulties in trying to keep Firefox working well on WinXP as for example: from the tracking Bug#1130266 for Reading is comment #16 (Sept 29, 2016) Jim Mathies [:jimm] <blockquote>Supporting XP is actually become quite a problem for our releng teams in that data center testing hardware doesn't support XP anymore. So for example we currently use AWS for most of our testing, but have XP tests running on old hardware we have to maintain ourselves in a data center. It's issues like this that push us to move XP out to an extended support release where we can decommission most of our automated testing associated with it.</blockquote>
James
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Marc7 said

So then would those download links all go to portable versions of the ESR? And if so, will they all work on XP?

Short answer is Firefox 52.9.0 on https://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox-portable-legacy-52 is Firefox 52.9.0 ESR.

The portable version just has its own launcher that keeps the Firefox program and the settings more self contained. This is why you can run it off a usb flash drive if you want even.

''Marc7 [[#answer-1158308|said]]'' <blockquote> So then would those download links all go to portable versions of the ESR? And if so, will they all work on XP? </blockquote> Short answer is Firefox 52.9.0 on https://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox-portable-legacy-52 is Firefox 52.9.0 ESR. The portable version just has its own launcher that keeps the Firefox program and the settings more self contained. This is why you can run it off a usb flash drive if you want even.

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James said

Marc7 said
So then would those download links all go to portable versions of the ESR? And if so, will they all work on XP?

Short answer is Firefox 52.9.0 on https://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox-portable-legacy-52 is Firefox 52.9.0 ESR.

The portable version just has its own launcher that keeps the Firefox program and the settings more self contained. This is why you can run it off a usb flash drive if you want even.

Nice. And from what you guys have said, the portable stuff won't touch my Firefox profiles, yes? Then that just leaves the one question I haven't gotten an answer to yet. Can the regular version run at the same time as the portable? i.e. Can I run 28.0 at the same time I'm running the 52.9.0 ESR Portable? Cause right now, I only need 52 for the one site, and I wanna make sure it works, so before I even consider upgrading the main version (or at least setting up a second profile so that I can have two versions of the full browser), I wanna see if YouTube will play properly on the ESR. Cause if it doesn't, I pretty much would have no reason to even worry about updating to the full ESR on XP from 28.0.

''James [[#answer-1158316|said]]'' <blockquote> ''Marc7 [[#answer-1158308|said]]'' <blockquote> So then would those download links all go to portable versions of the ESR? And if so, will they all work on XP? </blockquote> Short answer is Firefox 52.9.0 on https://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox-portable-legacy-52 is Firefox 52.9.0 ESR. The portable version just has its own launcher that keeps the Firefox program and the settings more self contained. This is why you can run it off a usb flash drive if you want even. </blockquote> Nice. And from what you guys have said, the portable stuff won't touch my Firefox profiles, yes? Then that just leaves the one question I haven't gotten an answer to yet. Can the regular version run at the same time as the portable? i.e. Can I run 28.0 at the same time I'm running the 52.9.0 ESR Portable? Cause right now, I only need 52 for the one site, and I wanna make sure it works, so before I even consider upgrading the main version (or at least setting up a second profile so that I can have two versions of the full browser), I wanna see if YouTube will play properly on the ESR. Cause if it doesn't, I pretty much would have no reason to even worry about updating to the full ESR on XP from 28.0.

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James said

Marc7 said
I still need to know if the full version and the portable version can be running at the same time. I wanna make sure that the ESR works properly with YouTube. If it does, I'll eventually update the full version over to the 52.9.0 ESR. I will admit, I'm sad you guys stopped support on XP before you guys made the switch to Quantum since, while it's missing the classic title bar at the top of the browser window, it otherwise works exactly like 28.0 and prior in terms of look without having to worry about issues like Classic Theme Restorer.

Yes.

The limits you have with the EOL WinXP not having certain codecs (compared to Vista SP2 and later) on using HTML5 players will still be the same however 52.9.0 ESR will be much more secure and also have improvements and fixes on HTML5 use compared to what the 4 1/2 yo Firefox 28.0 has.

Quantum refers to Firefox 57.0 and later versions. Firefox 57.0 was Released on November 14, 2017. While the 52.9.0esr was out on June 26, 2018.

Mozilla dropped the EOL WinXP and Vista as of Firefox 53.0 released on April 19, 2017.

It was not a matter of if but when. It was nice of Mozilla to support WinXP/Vista for 2 1/2 years past when Chromium, Chrome and Opera dropped in April 2016.


There were many difficulties in trying to keep Firefox working well on WinXP as for example:

from the tracking Bug#1130266 for Reading is comment #16 (Sept 29, 2016) Jim Mathies [:jimm]

Supporting XP is actually become quite a problem for our releng teams in that data center testing hardware doesn't support XP anymore. So for example we currently use AWS for most of our testing, but have XP tests running on old hardware we have to maintain ourselves in a data center. It's issues like this that push us to move XP out to an extended support release where we can decommission most of our automated testing associated with it.

Wait, so then are you saying that the videos still wouldn't play even on the 52.9.0 ESR even though both it and 28.0 recognize the formats aside from the h.264 video formats?

''James [[#answer-1158312|said]]'' <blockquote> ''Marc7 [[#answer-1158284|said]]'' <blockquote>I still need to know if the full version and the portable version can be running at the same time. I wanna make sure that the ESR works properly with YouTube. If it does, I'll eventually update the full version over to the 52.9.0 ESR. I will admit, I'm sad you guys stopped support on XP before you guys made the switch to Quantum since, while it's missing the classic title bar at the top of the browser window, it otherwise works exactly like 28.0 and prior in terms of look without having to worry about issues like Classic Theme Restorer. </blockquote> Yes. The limits you have with the EOL WinXP not having certain codecs (compared to Vista SP2 and later) on using HTML5 players will still be the same however 52.9.0 ESR will be much more secure and also have improvements and fixes on HTML5 use compared to what the 4 1/2 yo Firefox 28.0 has. Quantum refers to Firefox 57.0 and later versions. Firefox [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/57.0/releasenotes/ 57.0] was Released on November 14, 2017. While the [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/52.9.0/releasenotes/ 52.9.0esr] was out on June 26, 2018. Mozilla dropped the EOL WinXP and Vista as of Firefox [https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/53.0/releasenotes/ 53.0] released on April 19, 2017. It was not a matter of if but when. It was nice of Mozilla to support WinXP/Vista for 2 1/2 years past when Chromium, Chrome and Opera dropped in April 2016. There were many difficulties in trying to keep Firefox working well on WinXP as for example: from the tracking Bug#1130266 for Reading is comment #16 (Sept 29, 2016) Jim Mathies [:jimm] <blockquote>Supporting XP is actually become quite a problem for our releng teams in that data center testing hardware doesn't support XP anymore. So for example we currently use AWS for most of our testing, but have XP tests running on old hardware we have to maintain ourselves in a data center. It's issues like this that push us to move XP out to an extended support release where we can decommission most of our automated testing associated with it.</blockquote> </blockquote> Wait, so then are you saying that the videos still wouldn't play even on the 52.9.0 ESR even though both it and 28.0 recognize the formats aside from the h.264 video formats?