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2 Firefox instances stopped working

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Hello. Since a few years I was using 2 FF instances. Profile1 (default) triggered by "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" Profile2 triggered by "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox1.exe" -P Mike -no-remote -no-deelevate I could start profile 2, than profile 1 and corresponding icons on Windows 7 taskbar were lit.

Out of the blue today when I start profile2 shortcut icon from profile1 is lit and I can't start profile 1. When I start Profile1 I can run also Profile2 and corresponding icons on taskbar are lit.

There were no hardware nor software changes on that PC. How to get back possibility to run 2 instances of FF? Mike

Hello. Since a few years I was using 2 FF instances. Profile1 (default) triggered by "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" Profile2 triggered by "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox1.exe" -P Mike -no-remote -no-deelevate I could start profile 2, than profile 1 and corresponding icons on Windows 7 taskbar were lit. Out of the blue today when I start profile2 shortcut icon from profile1 is lit and I can't start profile 1. When I start Profile1 I can run also Profile2 and corresponding icons on taskbar are lit. There were no hardware nor software changes on that PC. How to get back possibility to run 2 instances of FF? Mike

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Pin the new taskbar icon, delete the old one and edit the command line parameters for the new icon by holding down the Shift key while right-clicking > Properties.

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I think that the normal (recommended) procedure would always have been to launch profile 1 (profile started without -no-remote) first and then additional profiles (Firefox instances) that use -no-remote and not the other way around.

Is that order working for you ?

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Yes, default first, than remote works. But until today it was working: remote first, default second. I wonder why it stopped. Mike

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Some information about Firefox on you Windows 7 OS:

Firefox 116+ versions requires Windows 10 as the minimum and users on Windows 7 and 8 and 8.1 have been moved to Firefox 115 ESR.

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Maybe add -P "profile" to the first shortcut as it is possible that the Mike profile got marked as Default=1 in profiles.ini or that Firefox otherwise fails to find the correct profile to use.

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FF was automatically updated on that machine 1.10.2023 to latest ESR version. Issue started today (19.10.2023) Profile1 is default (checkied in about:profiles) Profile2 (Mike) is not marked as default and never was. Mike

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sp5it said

when I start profile2 shortcut icon from profile1 is lit and I can't start profile 1.

For taskbar icons to be grouped separately, you need to go to about:config in both profiles and create taskbar.grouping.useprofile (Boolean) with value true and also set browser.startup.blankwindow to false.

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I did that on Profile2, but now when I start it creates another taskbar icon of FF. Mike

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Pin the new taskbar icon, delete the old one and edit the command line parameters for the new icon by holding down the Shift key while right-clicking > Properties.