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I was using ff7.0 and hit the check for updates button and ended up with v8.0 beta.I am not a big fan of beta versions and even though 8.0 appears to be running OK,I am thinking of removing it and reverting back to v7.0.How would I removed 8.0?With add/remove programs?Would using add/remove bring me back to 7.0? Thanks for any help

I was using ff7.0 and hit the check for updates button and ended up with v8.0 beta.I am not a big fan of beta versions and even though 8.0 appears to be running OK,I am thinking of removing it and reverting back to v7.0.How would I removed 8.0?With add/remove programs?Would using add/remove bring me back to 7.0? Thanks for any help

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FoulRift:

As long as you update from the Help > About Firefox screen, you will always remain on the update channel indicated on that screen as indicated in my prior posts in this thread.

  • This method downloads and installs an incremental update (much smaller download file than the full installer)
  • Downloading and installing a full installer version from any other channel over the top of your current version will automatically change you to that update channel

If you ever need the full installer file for the current release version you can download and SAVE it to your hard drive from the following link (just choose your OS and Firefox interface language)

I will not post the links for nightly, aurora or beta version downloads as you have expressed an aversion to using any version other than final release versions of Firefox. I am also not posting the link to the other fully supported release version (Firefox 3.6.24) as support for that version is likely to end in the first quarter of 2012.


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xr417 38 solutions 195 answers

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Download links for Firefox 7.0.1

http://mozilla.cdn.leaseweb.com/firefox/releases/7.0.1/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%207.0.1.exe

ftp://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/7.0.1/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%207.0.1.exe

There is no need to uninstall Firefox before downgrade. But make a backup copy of your bookmarks and profile folder before new installation even though the downgrade procedure leaves your profile folder untouched.

Download links for Firefox 7.0.1 http://mozilla.cdn.leaseweb.com/firefox/releases/7.0.1/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%207.0.1.exe ftp://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/7.0.1/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%207.0.1.exe There is no need to uninstall Firefox before downgrade. But make a backup copy of your bookmarks and profile folder before new installation even though the downgrade procedure leaves your profile folder untouched.
SafeBrowser 543 solutions 2390 answers

Firefox 8 is not longer in beta; it was released as an update to Firefox 7.0.1 on 2011-11-08.

Firefox 7.0.1 is no longer supported and will no longer be updated.

What shows on Help > About Firefox (see image at the bottom of this reply).

Security issues fixed in Firefox 8 (will not be fixed in Firefox 7.0.1): 3 critical, 3 high


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Firefox 8 is not longer in beta; it was released as an update to Firefox 7.0.1 on 2011-11-08. *See --> https://wiki.mozilla.org/Releases#Previous_Releases Firefox 7.0.1 is no longer supported and will no longer be updated. What shows on Help > About Firefox (see image at the bottom of this reply). Security issues fixed in Firefox 8 (will not be fixed in Firefox 7.0.1): 3 critical, 3 high *See --> https://www.mozilla.org/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox.html#firefox8 '''If this reply solves your problem, please click "Solved It" next to this reply when <u>signed-in</u> to the forum.'''

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Safe Browser-Thanks for the reply.So if I understand you correctly,what I have is not a beta version of 8.0 just version 8.0,is that correct? Thanks

Safe Browser-Thanks for the reply.So if I understand you correctly,what I have is not a beta version of 8.0 just version 8.0,is that correct? Thanks
SafeBrowser 543 solutions 2390 answers

What does the text say when you go to Help > About Firefox (like in the image that I posted, outlined in red)? Does it say:

  • "You are currently on the release update channel" (this means you are getting only the most current release versions)
  • "You are currently on the beta update channel" (this means you are getting only the most current beta versions)


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What does the text say when you go to Help > About Firefox (like in the image that I posted, outlined in red)? Does it say: *"You are currently on the '''release''' update channel" (''this means you are getting only the most current '''release''' versions'') *"You are currently on the '''beta''' update channel" (''this means you are getting only the most current '''beta''' versions'') '''If this reply solves your problem, please click "Solved It" next to this reply when <u>signed-in</u> to the forum.'''
StarMan 1 solutions 19 answers

FoulRift, depends how one conceives of "beta".

8.0 is considered a non-beta release, but it's arguable that FireFox has been in a perpetual "beta mode" since 4.0 came out  ;-)

But, no, the official designation of 8.0 is that it's the actual release, not a beta. Safebrowser is right, though; if you don't want to update to each beta release, ensure you are not set up for beta updates, as per his description.

FoulRift, depends how one conceives of "beta". 8.0 is considered a non-beta release, but it's arguable that FireFox has been in a perpetual "beta mode" since 4.0 came out ;-) But, no, the official designation of 8.0 is that it's the actual release, not a beta. Safebrowser is right, though; if you don't want to update to each beta release, ensure you are not set up for beta updates, as per his description.

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SafeBrowser 543 solutions 2390 answers

Kosh:

FYI, each release is in the Nightly channel for 6 weeks (very early developemnt), then the Aurora channel (development) for 6 weeks, then in the Beta channel (final development and clean-up) for 6 weeks before being released, for a total of 18 weeks before being released.

That is basically the same as in the past. The only difference is that

  • the time periods have been shortened
  • new Firefox releases are made every 6 weeks to get new enhancements to users sooner, rather that waiting for major fixes and/or security issue corrections as in the past.


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'''Kosh''': FYI, each release is in the Nightly channel for 6 weeks (very early developemnt), then the Aurora channel (development) for 6 weeks, then in the Beta channel (final development and clean-up) for 6 weeks before being released, for a total of 18 weeks before being released. That is basically the same as in the past. The only difference is that *the time periods have been shortened *new Firefox releases are made every 6 weeks to get new enhancements to users sooner, rather that waiting for major fixes and/or security issue corrections as in the past. '''If this reply solves your problem, please click "Solved It" next to this reply when <u>signed-in</u> to the forum.'''

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StarMan 1 solutions 19 answers

Well, I don't want to turn poor FoulRift's question into a debate over the "Rapid Release" program. I realize this is a forum for solving problems, not debating policy.

The occasional comical quip aside  ;-)

I'll just leave it with the notion that I am greatly concerned with this approach. But we needn't discuss it here, at length (if you know a forum which is conducive to such discussion, let me know. I would like to hear more opinions from other users).

I do feel it's important to recognize, though, that many people feel that the rapid release program leaves FF in a more beta-like state than before. I know what the official press releases state, but in practice, that is debatable. Which does bear on the original question; if he doesn't like betas, he might find himself preferring to not update to each new release as fast as they come out.

Well, I don't want to turn poor FoulRift's question into a debate over the "Rapid Release" program. I realize this is a forum for solving problems, not debating policy. The occasional comical quip aside ;-) I'll just leave it with the notion that I am greatly concerned with this approach. But we needn't discuss it here, at length (if you know a forum which is conducive to such discussion, let me know. I would like to hear more opinions from other users). I do feel it's important to recognize, though, that many people feel that the rapid release program leaves FF in a more beta-like state than before. I know what the official press releases state, but in practice, that is debatable. Which does bear on the original question; if he doesn't like betas, he might find himself preferring to not update to each new release as fast as they come out.

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SafeBrowser 543 solutions 2390 answers

Kosh said previously: "...FireFox has been in a perpetual "beta mode" since 4.0 came out..."
Kosh also said: "...I don't want to turn poor FoulRift's question into a debate over the "Rapid Release" program. I realize this is a forum for solving problems..."


  1. You introduced the topic, thereby, hijacking the OP's thread.
  2. If it is a beta, it is called a beta.
  3. If you do not like the rapid release program, there are other browsers which you may choose

End of discussion on the rapid release cycle!

Kosh said previously: "...FireFox has been in a perpetual "beta mode" since 4.0 came out..."<br /> Kosh also said: "...I don't want to turn poor FoulRift's question into a debate over the "Rapid Release" program. I realize this is a forum for solving problems..." #You introduced the topic, thereby, hijacking the OP's thread. #If it is a beta, it is called a beta. #If you do not like the rapid release program, there are other browsers which you may choose End of discussion on the rapid release cycle!

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Guys-please excuse my lack of understanding of the rapid release program.It was not my intention to hijack any ones thread or start any kind of heated discussion. I like Firefox and will continue using it.As far as rapid release goes,I will have to get used to it.

Guys-please excuse my lack of understanding of the rapid release program.It was not my intention to hijack any ones thread or start any kind of heated discussion. I like Firefox and will continue using it.As far as rapid release goes,I will have to get used to it.
SafeBrowser 543 solutions 2390 answers

FoulRift:

You are the "owner" of the thread as you are the original poster (OP), therefore you did not hijack the thread, another user hijacked your thread.

Another user interjected incorrect comments and opinions that were not an answer to your question. I was trying to give correct information to you and other readers regarding the development process and how beta versions fit into that development process.

Most importantly, did you determine from the information in my first and second replies whether you are on the release or the beta update channel?


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'''FoulRift''': You are the "owner" of the thread as you are the original poster (OP), therefore you did not hijack the thread, another user hijacked your thread. Another user interjected incorrect comments and opinions that were not an answer to your question. I was trying to give correct information to you and other readers regarding the development process and how beta versions fit into that development process. '''''Most importantly''''', did you determine from the information in my first and second replies whether you are on the release or the beta update channel? '''If this reply solves your problem, please click "Solved It" next to this reply when <u>signed-in</u> to the forum.'''

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SafeBrowser- thanks for clearing that up.No I was not aware that I was on the release or beta update channel.I guess I'll guess I;ll have to watch where I'm going in the future. Thanks again

SafeBrowser- thanks for clearing that up.No I was not aware that I was on the release or beta update channel.I guess I'll guess I;ll have to watch where I'm going in the future. Thanks again
StarMan 1 solutions 19 answers

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SafeBrowser, drop it, already.

I was going to let this lie, even after your implications I "hijacked" this thread, using my comments out of context to try to back up that implication. But you're engaging in ad hominems and incorrect opinions, so I feel I need to defend myself a little, here. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed, this morning?

I could get further into it but tell you what, you don't make any further comments about me, and I won't discuss it any further. Deal?

Then we can just concentrate on what is important, which is letting the user solve his problem.

And, FoulRift, this discussion doesn't reflect on you. You just got caught up in the middle of it. You hijacked nothing, that was SafeBrowser's comment towards me. I do hope you are able to get your versions working properly. Don't hesitate to ask more questions or post another thread if you have more difficulties.

'''SafeBrowser''', drop it, already. I was going to let this lie, even after your implications I "hijacked" this thread, using my comments out of context to try to back up that implication. But you're engaging in ad hominems and incorrect opinions, so I feel I need to defend myself a little, here. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed, this morning? I could get further into it but tell you what, you don't make any further comments about me, and I won't discuss it any further. Deal? Then we can just concentrate on what is important, which is letting the user solve his problem. And, '''FoulRift''', this discussion doesn't reflect on you. You just got caught up in the middle of it. You hijacked nothing, that was SafeBrowser's comment towards me. I do hope you are able to get your versions working properly. Don't hesitate to ask more questions or post another thread if you have more difficulties.

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SafeBrowser 543 solutions 2390 answers

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FoulRift:

As long as you update from the Help > About Firefox screen, you will always remain on the update channel indicated on that screen as indicated in my prior posts in this thread.

  • This method downloads and installs an incremental update (much smaller download file than the full installer)
  • Downloading and installing a full installer version from any other channel over the top of your current version will automatically change you to that update channel

If you ever need the full installer file for the current release version you can download and SAVE it to your hard drive from the following link (just choose your OS and Firefox interface language)

I will not post the links for nightly, aurora or beta version downloads as you have expressed an aversion to using any version other than final release versions of Firefox. I am also not posting the link to the other fully supported release version (Firefox 3.6.24) as support for that version is likely to end in the first quarter of 2012.


If this reply solves your problem, please click "Solved It" next to this reply when signed-in to the forum.

'''FoulRift''': As long as you update from the Help > About Firefox screen, you will always remain on the update channel indicated on that screen as indicated in my prior posts in this thread. *This method downloads and installs an incremental update (much smaller download file than the full installer) *Downloading and installing a full installer version from any other channel over the top of your current version will automatically change you to that update channel If you ever need the '''full installer file for the current release version''' you can download and SAVE it to your hard drive from the following link (just choose your OS and Firefox interface language) *https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all.html I will not post the links for nightly, aurora or beta version downloads as you have expressed an aversion to using any version other than final release versions of Firefox. I am also not posting the link to the other fully supported release version (Firefox 3.6.24) as support for that version is likely to end in the first quarter of 2012. '''If this reply solves your problem, please click "Solved It" next to this reply when <u>signed-in</u> to the forum.'''

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nana41 3 solutions 71 answers

@kosh.. I had FF7 & did the FF8 upgrade (?) & having severe problems with it & the RR in general. With all these comments going back & forth I thought I would get my answer here on doing a retrograde back to 7 & is it still possible or not ? If there is a yes to that Q please advise. I've had to remove several addon's & 2 programs in hopes of resolving this 8 issue & fear its putting undo hardship on my new laptop & HD. Thanks for any input..

'''@kosh..''' I had FF7 & did the FF8 upgrade (?) & having severe problems with it & the RR in general. With all these comments going back & forth I thought I would get my answer here on doing a retrograde back to 7 & is it still possible or not ? If there is a yes to that Q please advise. I've had to remove several addon's & 2 programs in hopes of resolving this 8 issue & fear its putting undo hardship on my new laptop & HD. Thanks for any input..
SafeBrowser 543 solutions 2390 answers

nana41:

Downgrading to Firefox 7 is not recommended as that version contains security and other issues that will not be fixed. Each new version of Firefox replaces the previous version. Only Firefox 3.6 is still supported, but that support will be ending in a few months.

To get the best answer for your situation, please post a new question and include all of the information requested along with your specific problem(s) and question.

'''nana41''': Downgrading to Firefox 7 is not recommended as that version contains security and other issues that will not be fixed. Each new version of Firefox replaces the previous version. Only Firefox 3.6 is still supported, but that support will be ending in a few months. '''<u>To get the best answer for your situation</u>''', please post a new question and include all of the information requested along with your specific problem(s) and question. *Ask a New Question --> https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/new
nana41 3 solutions 71 answers

@SafeBrowser I understand the replace factor with new editions on the RR program but 8 is giving me real headaches with hanging & freezing.. I don't know if anyone even reads those " Submit Feedback" things even when I post them on Twitter.. Have issues with FF when I have a tab opened to Twitter the two don't seem to like each other.. Really sad..

'''@SafeBrowser''' I understand the replace factor with new editions on the RR program but 8 is giving me real headaches with hanging & freezing.. I don't know if anyone even reads those " Submit Feedback" things even when I post them on Twitter.. Have issues with FF when I have a tab opened to Twitter the two don't seem to like each other.. Really sad..
SafeBrowser 543 solutions 2390 answers

nana41:

From my post above:

To get the best answer for your situation, please post a new question and include all of the information requested along with your specific problem(s) and question.

'''nana41''': From my post above: '''<u>To get the best answer for your situation</u>''', please post a new question and include all of the information requested along with your specific problem(s) and question. *Ask a New Question --> https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/new
avramd 0 solutions 2 answers

I'm sorry, but Firefox 8 is not compatible with my environment. Security updates are not a good enough reason to make past versions of a product unavailable.

I need Firefox 7 because the version of Cucumber/Selenium I am developing with does not work with Firefox 8. I can not change the version of Selenium that works with FF8 because it has gem version dependencies that I am not ready to support.

Would somebody please tell me how to get older versions of Firefox for Mac, and really, please set up an avenue in general that does not assume that the entire world is capable of using the version of your app that you deem appropriate.

I'm sorry, but Firefox 8 is not compatible with my environment. Security updates are not a good enough reason to make past versions of a product unavailable. I need Firefox 7 because the version of Cucumber/Selenium I am developing with does not work with Firefox 8. I can not change the version of Selenium that works with FF8 because it has gem version dependencies that I am not ready to support. Would somebody please tell me how to get older versions of Firefox for Mac, and really, please set up an avenue in general that does not assume that the entire world is capable of using the version of your app that you deem appropriate.
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@avramd - you received an answer in the thread that you started

https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/903266

@avramd - you received an answer in the thread that you started https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/903266