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I disconnected sync and had to refresh firefox. I don't want the refresh to change my other computers. How can I make sure this doesn't happen?

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Details: Windows 8, Firefox 59.0.3 (64-bit) target from about:buildconfig = x86_64-pc-mingw32 One of the add-ons was preventing me from using the context-menu "Save Target As..." I have been using the same Add-Ons for some time without issue, but I must had made a change that cause the problem, because when I disabled all the Add-ons the functionality returned. In my haste I wanted to try the Refresh Firefox to get back to square-one, but now my concern is effecting the state of the other Firefox Quantum installations I have linked through Sync. Before I did the disabling of the Add-Ons, I disconnected from Sync (thinking ahead of this possibility). I have worked very hard customizing the setting and I am happy with the set-up; I do not want to lose all of that effort configuring Firefox to my liking, so how can I make sure that re-establishing Sync is not going to change the configuration on other machines. What is the proper order-of-operation for making sure that I can get back to where I want to be? I did copy the 'pref' files a few days ago, just in case. What copy operations can I perform on the other machine to backup EVERYTHING related to Firefox and my config to rollback, I necessary. Add-ons I use (all latest versions): CanvasBlocker Clear Flash Cookies Custom UserAgent String Decentraleyes Disconnect HTTPS Everywhere Link Cleaner NoScript Passphrase Generator Privacy Badger uBlock Origin uMatrix User-Agent Switcher

Regards, Aaron Orrell

Details: Windows 8, Firefox 59.0.3 (64-bit) target from about:buildconfig = x86_64-pc-mingw32 One of the add-ons was preventing me from using the context-menu "Save Target As..." I have been using the same Add-Ons for some time without issue, but I must had made a change that cause the problem, because when I disabled all the Add-ons the functionality returned. In my haste I wanted to try the Refresh Firefox to get back to square-one, but now my concern is effecting the state of the other Firefox Quantum installations I have linked through Sync. Before I did the disabling of the Add-Ons, I disconnected from Sync (thinking ahead of this possibility). I have worked very hard customizing the setting and I am happy with the set-up; I do not want to lose all of that effort configuring Firefox to my liking, so how can I make sure that re-establishing Sync is not going to change the configuration on other machines. What is the proper order-of-operation for making sure that I can get back to where I want to be? I did copy the 'pref' files a few days ago, just in case. What copy operations can I perform on the other machine to backup EVERYTHING related to Firefox and my config to rollback, I necessary. Add-ons I use (all latest versions): CanvasBlocker Clear Flash Cookies Custom UserAgent String Decentraleyes Disconnect HTTPS Everywhere Link Cleaner NoScript Passphrase Generator Privacy Badger uBlock Origin uMatrix User-Agent Switcher Regards, Aaron Orrell

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Hi Pkshadow, Thank you for your reply. I apologize for the lengthy details, I did not know this was being posted to a public forum. I will follow-up on the links you provided. I ended up figuring out how to make all the backups of everything yesterday. I tested creating and restoring profiles and am very happy with the results; there is a lot of power hidden in that capability. I now feel secure in testing the syncing without the worry of losing my configurations.

The problem I am faced with now is this (please let me know if I should created another post for this): I restored my 'master profile' from a different computer that was participating in the syncing. My general sync settings carried over and I was pleasantly surpised when I went to perform the sync, in that my credentials (for the syncing) seemed ready to go. Unfortunately, when I hit sync the new bookmark that I added did not sync to the other computer. I believe that the problem is that the identifier (buried in the about:config) for this profile copy is identical to the 'master profile' making the other invisible to the sync. Not sure about this, but somehow (I think) I need to have Firefox generate another identifier for this computer's profile for the sync to occur.

Regards, Aaron

Update: I guess that I may have just taken a while, but the sync is working correctly now! Mozilla Firefox is excellent and my browser of choice!

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Hi, to make sure nothing happens to your information I would backup just in case and grab a copy of all other computers Profiles : *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profiles-where-firefox-stores-user-data Even when using Sync you should still always as a best practice : *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/export-firefox-bookmarks-to-backup-or-transfer This is all I have on Sync : *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-do-i-set-sync-my-computer *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/products/firefox/sync *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-do-i-choose-what-types-information-sync-firefox *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-sync-troubleshooting-and-tips *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/change-primary-email-address-firefox-accounts Am not sure, so backup 1st before trying to sync.

Chosen Solution

Hi Pkshadow, Thank you for your reply. I apologize for the lengthy details, I did not know this was being posted to a public forum. I will follow-up on the links you provided. I ended up figuring out how to make all the backups of everything yesterday. I tested creating and restoring profiles and am very happy with the results; there is a lot of power hidden in that capability. I now feel secure in testing the syncing without the worry of losing my configurations.

The problem I am faced with now is this (please let me know if I should created another post for this): I restored my 'master profile' from a different computer that was participating in the syncing. My general sync settings carried over and I was pleasantly surpised when I went to perform the sync, in that my credentials (for the syncing) seemed ready to go. Unfortunately, when I hit sync the new bookmark that I added did not sync to the other computer. I believe that the problem is that the identifier (buried in the about:config) for this profile copy is identical to the 'master profile' making the other invisible to the sync. Not sure about this, but somehow (I think) I need to have Firefox generate another identifier for this computer's profile for the sync to occur.

Regards, Aaron

Update: I guess that I may have just taken a while, but the sync is working correctly now! Mozilla Firefox is excellent and my browser of choice!

Hi Pkshadow, Thank you for your reply. I apologize for the lengthy details, I did not know this was being posted to a public forum. I will follow-up on the links you provided. I ended up figuring out how to make all the backups of everything yesterday. I tested creating and restoring profiles and am very happy with the results; there is a lot of power hidden in that capability. I now feel secure in testing the syncing without the worry of losing my configurations. The problem I am faced with now is this (please let me know if I should created another post for this): I restored my 'master profile' from a different computer that was participating in the syncing. My general sync settings carried over and I was pleasantly surpised when I went to perform the sync, in that my credentials (for the syncing) seemed ready to go. Unfortunately, when I hit sync the new bookmark that I added did not sync to the other computer. I believe that the problem is that the identifier (buried in the about:config) for this profile copy is identical to the 'master profile' making the other invisible to the sync. Not sure about this, but somehow (I think) I need to have Firefox generate another identifier for this computer's profile for the sync to occur. Regards, Aaron Update: I guess that I may have just taken a while, but the sync is working correctly now! Mozilla Firefox is excellent and my browser of choice!

Modified by Aaron Orrell