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Solved "Error message": Unable to process backup file .json of bookmarks saved from different computer
Want to move bookmarks from old laptop running Firefox 3.1.6 and Win XP to new laptop running Win 7 64-bit and FF 3.1.6 which I just installed. On new laptop I browsed from FF to Restore bookmarks from file I had saved from old laptop (edit to add: it is about 4500kb). The file (bookmarks-2010-10-15.json) is NOT write protected. FF reports "Unable to process backup file".
I have shut down FF and rebooting computer. I am able to restore a bookmark file that was created on new laptop but NOT the one saved from old laptop so I do NOT think the file that the knowledge base (http://kb.mozillazine.org/Unable_to_process_the_backup_file_-_Firefox) refers to as potentially problematic is the problem in my case. I do NOT want to proceed with the other suggestions (create new profile and etc.) for fear of creating even more problems.
Appreciate your advice - I have probably a 1000 or more bookmarks to move and so this is vital and probably typical of anyone with a new computer.
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PROBLEM SOLVED I did backup from old laptop again both as .json file and as an export to html. This time the .json file worked to restore from it.
I had read on a different thread here about using the html version and was going to give that a try but also made the new .json at the same time to see if I could get that to work - which it did. I expect that either approach gives the same results and so if one approach is not working for you perhaps the other approach will take care of it.
Always make sure to add the .json file extension if you create a JSON backup.