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How do I install Firefox as an app for Windows 8?

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How do I install Firefox as an app for Windows 8?

I've seen the other questions like this, and everyone seems to be downloading Nightly version 18 and getting it to work, but the link doesn't work anymore. I tried downloading 20 from a similar link and it doesn't work. I've also tried adding -metrodesktop to the end of the file location in the command prompt, and that opens what looks like the version I want, but it's still on the desktop. Does anyone know the current solution to this problem?

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Re: How do I install Firefox as an app for Windows 8?

You can get the latest Firefox release here:

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Re: How do I install Firefox as an app for Windows 8?

To make sure you have downloaded the correct version, if you are looking for the experimental builds where Windows 8 Metro development is taking place, you need the Elm nightly repository. You can download the latest version from http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/latest-elm/

As this is an experimental build there is no guarantee that it will work, and there will be bugs and missing features. For some more details see this blog post - https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2012/10/04/firefox-metro-preview/

There is also a thread at MozillaZine where the metro version is being discussed, and is good place to ask questions about the metro builds. - http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=2304983

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Re: How do I install Firefox as an app for Windows 8?

Those are all links I've followed before. I install the program, but it just runs as a desktop program, and the start tile does not look like an app tile.

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Re: How do I install Firefox as an app for Windows 8?

Use this startup command:

"C:\Program Files\Nightly\firefox.exe" -metrodesktop
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Re: How do I install Firefox as an app for Windows 8?

The Metro version works best if you have 64-bit Windows and not 32-bit.