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How do I retrieve previous version after downloading 4.0

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How do I retrieve previous version after downloading 4.0

I downloaded the 4.0 version on my laptop and do not like it at all. Cannot find my bookmarks or tool bar. How can I get the previous version back

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Re: How do I retrieve previous version after downloading 4.0

Uninstall 4.0.

DO NOT CHECK "Remove my Firefox personal data"

Choose the correct installation for your language & system - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-older.html

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Re: How do I retrieve previous version after downloading 4.0

Uninstall 4.0.

DO NOT CHECK "Remove my Firefox personal data"

Choose the correct installation for your language & system - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-older.html

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Re: How do I retrieve previous version after downloading 4.0

To downgrade from Firefox 4 to Firefox 3.6.* you can uninstall Firefox 4 in the, but do not select the option to "Remove my Firefox personal data" during the uninstall. If you select that option it will delete your bookmarks, passwords and other user data. See:

You can then install Firefox 3.6.* available from the following link - it will automatically use your current bookmarks, passwords etc.

To avoid possible problems with downgrading, I recommend going to your profile folder and deleting the following files if they exist - extensions.cache, extensions.rdf, extensions.ini, extensions.sqlite and localstore.rdf. Deleting these files will

  • force Firefox to rebuild the list of installed extensions, checking their compatibility, and
  • reset toolbar customizations that you have made.

For details of how to find your profile folder see https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Profiles




You need to update the following plugins:

  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.4.1"
  • Shockwave Flash 10.1 r102
  1. Check your plugin versions on either of the following links':
  2. Update Adobe Reader (PDF plugin):
    • From within your existing Adobe Reader (if you have it already installed):
      • Open the Adobe Reader program from your Programs list
      • Click Help > Check for Updates
      • Follow the prompts for updating
      • If this method works for you, skip the "Download complete installer" section below and proceed to "After the installation" below
    • Download complete installer (if you do NOT have Adobe Reader installed):
    • After the installation, start Firefox and check your version again.
  3. Update the Flash plugin to the latest version.
    • Download and SAVE to your Desktop so you can find the installer later
    • If you do not have the current version, click on the "Player Download Center" link on the "Download and information" or "Download Manual installers" below
    • After download is complete, exit Firefox
    • Click on the installer you just downloaded and install
      • Windows 7 and Vista: may need to right-click the installer and choose "Run as Administrator"
    • Start Firefox and check your version again or test the installation by going back to the download link below
    • Download and information: http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/
      • Use Firefox to go to the above site to update the Firefox plugin (will also install plugin for most other browsers; except IE)
      • Use IE to go to the above site to update the IE ActiveX
    • Download Manual installers.
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Re: How do I retrieve previous version after downloading 4.0

Iowaman, THANK YOU! I have it back. Think I'm missing some things like reload button and don't know what else yet, but can live with that. I am not techie, so would never have figured out what to do to get the old version back. I want to know, what are the Firefox people thinking??? Obviously I am not the only one who thinks that the 4.0 version stinks! I see many posts from other users that feel the same way. This started for me last night when I received a message that I needed to update and I click on it to update and it was version with yahoo tool bar. I immediately removed that! When I tried to install again, then I got the 4.0. I even tried to restore to earlier date and that didn't work..still had 4.0. Thank goodness this all happened on my laptop and not my pc that I use for work, banking etc...I would have really been freaking out! Thanks again for helping me get my life back!! Sure didn't want to go back to IE!

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Re: How do I retrieve previous version after downloading 4.0

My "Thank you" was meant for "Iowaman" Thanks so much

New Contributor

Re: How do I retrieve previous version after downloading 4.0

Helper 7677: Are you serious that we have to go through all this just to get a better version of Firefox? I agree with sjohnson...this version is awful.

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Re: How do I retrieve previous version after downloading 4.0

goforthjtj....I did not follow all the directions of Helper7677. I did what Iowaman told me to do see above and it worked perfectly and so far don't see any problems

New Contributor

Re: How do I retrieve previous version after downloading 4.0

Did anybody really test ff 4.0? It is awful. Geez, Louise. FF 4.0 only useful purpose is as a marketing tool for IE!

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Re: How do I retrieve previous version after downloading 4.0

louiekagan...yes I did try to like it and just couldn't. Your response "FF 4.0 only useful purpose is as a marketing tool for IE" is perfect!! I diddo that big time! I was going back to IE if I had not been able to get the older version of FF back. Thanks to above suggestions, I did get it back and am now happy again. FF Are you listening????

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Re: How do I retrieve previous version after downloading 4.0

as to reload and stop buttons right click in menu or navigation toolbar and chose customize to your hearts content by dragging and dropping where ya want.