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how do I recover my passwords and saved logins deleted by update?

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The update deleted all my saved data. My saved log-ins passwords are gone. There is no file on the desktop with saved old firefox data.

The update deleted all my saved data. My saved log-ins passwords are gone. There is no file on the desktop with saved old firefox data.

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  • Shockwave Flash 27.0 r0

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; rv:63.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/63.0

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FredMcD
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Separate Security Issue: Update your Flash Player or remove it using these links; http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html Uninstall Flash Player | Windows http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html Uninstall Flash Player | Mac

Note: Windows users should download the ActiveX for Internet Explorer. and the plugin for Plugin-based browsers (like Firefox).

Note: Windows 8 and Windows 10 have built-in flash players and Adobe will cause a conflict. Install the plugin only. Not the ActiveX.

Flash Player Version: Version 31.0.0.122

https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Direct link scans current system and browser Note: Other software is offered in the download. <Windows Only>

https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/ Step 1: Select Operating System Step 2: Select A Version (Firefox, Win IE . . . .) Note: Other software is offered in the download. <Windows Only> +++++++++++++++++++ See if there are updates for your graphics drivers https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/upgrade-graphics-drivers-use-hardware-acceleration

'''Separate Security Issue:''' Update your Flash Player or remove it using these links; http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html Uninstall Flash Player | Windows http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html Uninstall Flash Player | Mac '''Note: Windows users''' should download the '''ActiveX''' for ''Internet Explorer.'' '''and''' the '''plugin''' for ''Plugin-based browsers'' (like Firefox). '''Note: Windows 8 and Windows 10''' have built-in flash players and Adobe will cause a conflict. Install the plugin only. Not the ActiveX. Flash Player Version: '''Version 31.0.0.122 ''' https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Direct link scans current system and browser '''Note: Other software''' is offered in the download. <Windows Only> https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/ Step 1: Select Operating System Step 2: Select A Version (Firefox, Win IE . . . .) '''Note: Other software''' is offered in the download. <Windows Only> +++++++++++++++++++ See if there are updates for your graphics drivers https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/upgrade-graphics-drivers-use-hardware-acceleration
FredMcD
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Look on your desktop. Do you see a folder called; '''Old Firefox?''' https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recovering-important-data-from-an-old-profile https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-run-firefox-when-profile-missing-inaccessible

Question owner

there is no old firefox data on my desktop. I checked for that before i went to the forum.

there is no old firefox data on my desktop. I checked for that before i went to the forum.
jscher2000
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Hi MorganaJ, sorry to hear about this problem.

Recovering Data After Complete Data Loss

If you haven't already, you may want to do a normal Windows shutdown and startup to release any file locks and complete any pending updates.

If your Firefox data does not magically reappear, the most likely scenarios for complete data loss are:

(1) A Refresh started but the migration of data from your old profile to your new profile was incomplete, or
(2) Your old profile was locked, so Firefox ignored it and created a new one.

It's a lot of things to check, but if you go step by step, it's not too bad.

(1) Did Firefox perform a Refresh? - You can skip this one

Unless it was interrupted in progress, you should find a folder on your desktop named Old Firefox Data. Inside would be a semi-randomly-named folder (like a1b2c3d4.default) with freshly updated files. Do you see anything like that?

If so, we'll suggest how to rescue key files or completely restore the earlier profile folder.

If not...

(2) Does the Profile Manager list your immediately previous profile folder?

To check on that, inside Firefox, type or paste about:profiles in the address bar and press Enter/Return to load it.

This page should list all the profiles Firefox is currently aware of. If you see a profile that is not currently set as default that looks promising, scroll down to it and click the Set as default profile button below that profile, then scroll back up and click the Restart normally button. (There are some other buttons, but I think those are still "under construction" so please ignore them.)

Firefox should exit and then start up using the other profile. Is that the right one?

If it's not there...

(3) Did Firefox orphan your old profile folder?

Here's how to check whether there are additional profile folders in the standard location in addition to the one you're using. Start by opening your current Firefox profile folder using either:

* "3-bar" menu button > "?" Help > Troubleshooting Information
* (menu bar) Help > Troubleshooting Information
* type or paste about:support in the address bar and press Enter/Return

In the first table on the page, click the "Open Folder" button, to launch a new window listing various files and folders in Windows Explorer.

In the Windows Explorer address bar, click the capitalized word Profiles to move up one level in the folder hierarchy. More than one folder here by any chance? Do the files in those folders look like they were last updated around the time of the update?

If you've got any promising looking folders, we can discuss next steps to recover use of them, and any bookmark backup or other useful data files they contain.

Hi MorganaJ, sorry to hear about this problem. '''Recovering Data After Complete Data Loss''' If you haven't already, you may want to do a ''normal'' Windows shutdown and startup to release any file locks and complete any pending updates. If your Firefox data does not magically reappear, the most likely scenarios for complete data loss are:<br><br>(1) A Refresh started but the migration of data from your old profile to your new profile was incomplete, or<br>(2) Your old profile was locked, so Firefox ignored it and created a new one. It's a lot of things to check, but if you go step by step, it's not too bad. <p><strong>(1) <em>Did Firefox perform a Refresh?</em> - You can skip this one</strong></p> <p>Unless it was interrupted in progress, you should find a folder on your desktop named Old Firefox Data. Inside would be a semi-randomly-named folder (like a1b2c3d4.default) with freshly updated files. Do you see anything like that?<br><br>If so, we'll suggest how to rescue key files or completely restore the earlier profile folder.</p> <p><em>If not...</em></p> <p><strong>(2) <em>Does the Profile Manager list your immediately previous profile folder?</em></strong></p> <p>To check on that, inside Firefox, type or paste <strong>about:profiles</strong> in the address bar and press Enter/Return to load it. <br><br>This page should list all the profiles Firefox is currently aware of. If you see a profile that is not currently set as default that looks promising, scroll down to it and click the <strong>Set as default profile</strong> button below that profile, then scroll back up and click the <strong>Restart normally</strong> button. (There are some other buttons, but I think those are still "under construction" so please ignore them.)<br><br>Firefox should exit and then start up using the other profile. <em>Is that the right one?</em><br><br><em>If it's not there...</em></p> <p><strong>(3) <em>Did Firefox orphan your old profile folder?</em></strong></p> <p>Here's how to check whether there are additional profile folders in the standard location in addition to the one you're using. Start by opening your current Firefox profile folder using either:<br><br>* "3-bar" menu button &gt; "?" Help &gt; Troubleshooting Information<br>* (menu bar) Help &gt; Troubleshooting Information<br>* type or paste about:support in the address bar and press Enter/Return<br><br>In the first table on the page, click the "Open Folder" button, to launch a new window listing various files and folders in Windows Explorer.<br><br>In the Windows Explorer address bar, click the capitalized word Profiles to move up one level in the folder hierarchy. More than one folder here by any chance? Do the files in those folders look like they were last updated around the time of the update?</p> <p>If you've got any promising looking folders, we can discuss next steps to recover use of them, and any bookmark backup or other useful data files they contain.</p>

Question owner

I did reboot, it did not fix recover anything. I did not have my profile locked. I cannot find any profiles after the update.

I did reboot, it did not fix recover anything. I did not have my profile locked. I cannot find any profiles after the update.
cor-el
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Did you check for orphaned profile folders that aren't listed in the Profile Manager (profiles.ini)?

You can look at this utility to browse System Restore points.

Did you check for orphaned profile folders that aren't listed in the Profile Manager (profiles.ini)? You can look at this utility to browse System Restore points. *System Restore Explorer<br>http://nicbedford.co.uk/software/systemrestoreexplorer/ *C:\Users\&lt;user&gt;\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\&lt;profile&gt;\