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after installing windows 8, firefox no longer highlights visited links- history is on but still doesn't do it- I want it to- help!


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Hi gregverena,

You should take a look at this thread:


There are a lot of good suggestions in there. Hopefully one of them will help!

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Thanks - I've tried pretty much all suggestions- even re installed firefox- I now see that the bookmark function doesn't work at all. I can't even bookmark new pages. I have the bookmarkshtml file I want but the bookmark thing doesn't recognize it, even though I've placed it in profiles. This is very weird. Something is turned off, but I don't know what - could there be something in windows? I've just noticed that the link color changing and bookmarks work in Internet Explorer- so must be a firefox issue.

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A possible cause is a problem with the file places.sqlite that stores the bookmarks and the history.

You can also try to repair the places database with this extension:

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cor-el Thanks! the maintenance add-on fixed the highlighting problem. Now, if I could figure out how to re-install my saved passwords it will help - these are all gone . I'll bet they're somewhere!

Also,while we're at it - is it possible to restore saved emails to thunderbird? where are they saved? Can they be added on to current ones or only overwrite current ones. Thanks-

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You're welcome

The passwords are stored in the signons.sqlite database file and encrypted with a key that is stored in the keys.db file.
If you want to recover lost passwords then you need to restore a backup of both files.

See also:

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thanks again- I'll give it a whirl! G

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well, haven't been successful with that yet. Here's something else. Before changing anything , I backed up the entire c: to an external disc. When I try to open firfox, get message: The procedure entry point NSS_InitializePRErrorTable could not be located in H:Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\nss3.dll

what is this and where is it? I tried searching and can't find it anywhere. What's the point of backing up programs if they can't be accessed? Thanks.

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Such an error can be caused by a corrupted Firefox installation that still has files from an older Firefox installation or files are missing.
You need to delete that Mozilla Firefox folder and reinstall a clean copy of Firefox.

You can find the latest Firefox release in all languages and for all Operating Systems here: