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Firefox will not install or uninstall. Computer keeps asking to reboot but nothing happens?????

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Firefox will not install or uninstall. Computer keeps asking to reboot but nothing happens?????

This is a new laptop and the firefox version is the latest on offer. Firefox worked for 2 days then would not load from then on. I re downloaded firefox from the website but nothing happened other than my original question. I am running windows 7.

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Re: Firefox will not install or uninstall. Computer keeps asking to reboot but nothing happens?????

Try to install Firefox again.

  1. obtain a fresh copy of the Firefox installer from
  2. Remove Firefox
    Assuming you have no information on Firefox and it is not working you may remove both the Firefox profile files and the Firefox program files. (But no need to worry about any registry entries)
  3. Run the installer that you downloaded previously in step 1

You may need to check that security software is not blocking installation or update of Firefox. See also Firefox won't start - find solutions and if you are getting any error messages please say exactly what they are, or better still add a screenshot

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Re: Firefox will not install or uninstall. Computer keeps asking to reboot but nothing happens?????

Well, Firefox was working fine, until the update came through. Now it keeps telling me I need to reboot to complete a previous upgrade. I tried to uninstall, and get the same bloody message. I reboot, and get the same thing. I've rebooted my machine 8 times this morning trying to fix this thing. It won't budge. Using Chrome to write you this message. Very unhappy. :-/

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Re: Firefox will not install or uninstall. Computer keeps asking to reboot but nothing happens?????

You would have done better to start your own thread for the question using /questions/new

You could try to get rid of the current update that is causing a problem by deleting the relevant files active-update.xml updates.xml . See the old article:

Please postback with how you get on. If problems continue please start a new thread.

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Re: Firefox will not install or uninstall. Computer keeps asking to reboot but nothing happens?????

I tried that, but I don't have those files. I'll start another thread. Thanks. :-)

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Re: Firefox will not install or uninstall. Computer keeps asking to reboot but nothing happens?????

I have not yet seen any new question. Note some files or directories may be hidden. http://kb.mozillazine.org/Show_hidden_files_and_folders

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Re: Firefox will not install or uninstall. Computer keeps asking to reboot but nothing happens?????

Try to run the Firefox program once as Administrator (right-click: Run as Administrator).

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Re: Firefox will not install or uninstall. Computer keeps asking to reboot but nothing happens?????

I tried this but am still getting the same error.