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why won't Firefox v3.6.13 save my bookmarks after browser re-start?

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I thought one of my Windows file cleaners/junk deleters was causing this, so I tried saving individual website bookmarks without any use of the file cleaners (which do not run automatically), and still no success. When I save a bookmark via the menubar, I visually check that it was saved in the bookmarks drop-down menu. Upon closing Firefox, then making sure Firefox terminated by looking at Windows Task Manager as it sometimes hangs for a few seconds, and then starting Firefox once again, all bookmarks saved in the last session are gone. I can and have backed-up the bookmarks and saved them to a private folder as I have routinely done for so many years, but I have not tried to restore or import html saved bookmarks to see what happens in that instance because I know the problem I'm dealing with right now with bookmarks is not normal. I have experienced this with Firefox default theme, Curacao v4.5 which I have had no previous problems with, and persona themes. I also recently re-installed Windows Xp Home on this machine via PC vendor supplied recovery, re-updated to SP2 since SP3 drastically slows down my PC, and had previous problems with plugins such as Microsoft's drm and dotNET installing without permissions from me, but perhaps installing themselves as requirements for such software applications as I have used in the past and been reading about. That may be (or may have been) a separate problem, but it bears mentioning because it is something the end user does not expect to see or occur, meaning, it behaves like malware.

I thought one of my Windows file cleaners/junk deleters was causing this, so I tried saving individual website bookmarks without any use of the file cleaners (which do not run automatically), and still no success. When I save a bookmark via the menubar, I visually check that it was saved in the bookmarks drop-down menu. Upon closing Firefox, then making sure Firefox terminated by looking at Windows Task Manager as it sometimes hangs for a few seconds, and then starting Firefox once again, all bookmarks saved in the last session are gone. I can and have backed-up the bookmarks and saved them to a private folder as I have routinely done for so many years, but I have not tried to restore or import html saved bookmarks to see what happens in that instance because I know the problem I'm dealing with right now with bookmarks is not normal. I have experienced this with Firefox default theme, Curacao v4.5 which I have had no previous problems with, and persona themes. I also recently re-installed Windows Xp Home on this machine via PC vendor supplied recovery, re-updated to SP2 since SP3 drastically slows down my PC, and had previous problems with plugins such as Microsoft's drm and dotNET installing without permissions from me, but perhaps installing themselves as requirements for such software applications as I have used in the past and been reading about. That may be (or may have been) a separate problem, but it bears mentioning because it is something the end user does not expect to see or occur, meaning, it behaves like malware.

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John99
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I currently have a legacy XP sp2 which I have reasons for choosing not to update, and Firefox works on that including the bookmarks system.

I imagine part of your profile is corrupt, by default you should not only save bookmarks but saved backup sets which allow auto restore. Have a look at Can't add, change or save bookmarks - How to fix hopefully that will give you a solution.

I currently have a legacy XP sp2 which I have reasons for choosing not to update, and Firefox works on that including the bookmarks system. I imagine part of your profile is corrupt, by default you should not only save bookmarks but saved backup sets which allow auto restore. Have a look at [[Bookmarks not saved]] hopefully that will give you a solution.

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Thanks, John99 A short time after your post, my bookmarks started working correctly and saving after browser re-start. I don't really know what corrected it exactly, but I had disabled some browser add-ons including those that some software companies produce and do not keep updated or are otherwise incompatible, and there was a Java update soon after my problem occurred. Sorry for the late update, but I'm working on several PC's this month.

Thanks, John99 A short time after your post, my bookmarks started working correctly and saving after browser re-start. I don't really know what corrected it exactly, but I had disabled some browser add-ons including those that some software companies produce and do not keep updated or are otherwise incompatible, and there was a Java update soon after my problem occurred. Sorry for the late update, but I'm working on several PC's this month.
John99
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Glad things are working again.

Perhaps as suggested earlier it may be worth making manual backups of your bookmarks, they may be useful if you have difficulties again and the auto backups will not restore. see Restore bookmarks from backup or move them to another computer

In many situations Java itself is not needed, but most frequently Javascript needs to be enabled in the browser for many sites' features' to work. You are probably aware of that and up-to-date, but the following may be of interest for some users:

Glad things are working again. Perhaps as suggested earlier it may be worth making manual backups of your bookmarks, they may be useful if you have difficulties again and the auto backups will not restore. see [[Backing up and restoring bookmarks]] In many situations Java itself is not needed, but most frequently Javascript needs to be enabled in the browser for many sites' features' to work. You are probably aware of that and up-to-date, but the following may be of interest for some users: * http://kb.mozillazine.org/JavaScript_is_not_Java * http://java.com/en/download/faq/firefox_newplugin.xml Java ''"Why do I need Java 6 Update 10 and above for Firefox 3.6 and later versions? "''