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Automatic backups are not happening under Windows 7

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FF Help (https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Backing+up+and+restoring+bookmarks) says FF automatically creates backups of your bookmarks and saves the last five backups for safekeeping.

On my old XP system, this was true. FF made a new backup json file each day which I would then backup from the FF folder to an external USB drive.

On Monday I moved to a new, Windows 7 system and installed a new installation of FF. The new installation of FF has yet to automatically create a backup. I am looking for them in C:\Users\myname\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\v62lc497.default\bookmarkbackup

I can't find them anywhere else on my local drive using the the W7 search function. Is there something I need to set in FF to turn-on automatic backups?

FF Help (https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Backing+up+and+restoring+bookmarks) says FF automatically creates backups of your bookmarks and saves the last five backups for safekeeping. On my old XP system, this was true. FF made a new backup json file each day which I would then backup from the FF folder to an external USB drive. On Monday I moved to a new, Windows 7 system and installed a new installation of FF. The new installation of FF has yet to automatically create a backup. I am looking for them in C:\Users\myname\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\v62lc497.default\bookmarkbackup I can't find them anywhere else on my local drive using the the W7 search function. Is there something I need to set in FF to turn-on automatic backups?

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You are looking in the wrong location for the Firefox Profile Folder You need to look in C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>\

In \AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ you will only see the Firefox cache and the phishing database file.

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Are the bookmark backups in your profile folder (not Local)?

C:\Users\myname\AppData\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\v62lc497.default\bookmarkbackup

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No, there are no new bookmark backups in my profile folder. (Yes, they would be local if they were there.)

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You are looking in the wrong location for the Firefox Profile Folder You need to look in C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>\

In \AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ you will only see the Firefox cache and the phishing database file.

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Thanks cor-el. That solves my problem. I wish Windows 7 search had found that path when I searched for json files.

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You're welcome