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Why my costumized settings change back to default, when i close the browser?

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Why my costumized settings change back to default, when i close the browser?

I keep trying to customize that the browser open the windows and tabs from the last time and that before downloading something to ask me before and i save all this, but when i close it and open it again, the settings get to the default mode, meaning i get the home page instead of all the tabs i was having, and also the downloads get into the C: Downloads instead asking me where i want to save them. How can i fix this? I have the last version of Firefox (18.0.1).

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Legendary Contributor

Re: Why my costumized settings change back to default, when i close the browser?

Have you checked out this article: How to fix preferences that won't save. Note: I would save the Reset step until after you have tried some of the specific things.

By the way, if you are using any sandboxing or virtual machine software to run Firefox, this may require a different approach.

New Contributor

Re: Why my costumized settings change back to default, when i close the browser?

i did but nothing helped. now the settings are remaining there but when i open the browser it appears as the default way. so nothing changed Smiley Sad. I don't know anything about sandboxes or virtual machines. my computer's Windows just got reinstalled. before i didn't have any problem with my browser Smiley Sad

Site Moderator

Re: Why my costumized settings change back to default, when i close the browser?

Make sure you are selecting the right settings in the Options window - General panel:

  • Under Startup "When Firefox starts:" select Show my windows and tabs from last time
  • Under Downloads select Always ask me where to save files.

If you've done that, and if you already tried the other suggestions in the How to fix preferences that won't save article:

Try step 5 in the Troubleshoot and diagnose Firefox problems article: Reinstall Firefox after first removing the C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox" program folder (reference)

Site Moderator

Re: Why my costumized settings change back to default, when i close the browser?

Note that you should be able to restore the previous sessions via "History > Restore Previous Session".

New Contributor

Re: Why my costumized settings change back to default, when i close the browser?

I called the person that reinstalled my computer to help me and now my computer works. Finally. But thank you all for the answers and the support. Have a great day everyday Smiley Happy