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Restoring Firefox from old PC to new PC?

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  1. Bonecrusher123

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    hey all, i've spent the entire day trying to get this working and i just can't do it.

    ok so i saved the entire old folder of firefox, the profile folder in 'my docs' as well as the one in program files. now i want to the profile over so i have the saved passwords, saved history and bookmarks on this new PC.

    ive installed FF on the current machine. now when i try to move the old folder over into the new machine, FF just ignores it and creates its own. even when i delete it, FF just ignores it and creates its own again. this is really annoying. i never had this problem before. i looked at these threads and still have the same problem:

    http://forums.techguy.org/web-email/902337-how-backup-firefox-browsed-sites.html

    why won't it work?

    thanks
     
  2. Bonecrusher123

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    i tried using mozbackup, but mozbackup asks for a .pcv file and i dont know if i have that file.

    thanks
     
  3. Bonecrusher123

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    btw old machine was XP and current is vista
     
  4. Bonecrusher123

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    i dont understand why dragging over the old folder won't work?
     
  5. TheOutcaste

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    You copy the contents of the profie folder, not the folder itself. Firefox creates a random name for the profile folder, you can't "reuse" the old name.

    Here's my folder paths on XP and Vista:
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    C:\Documents and Settings\TheOutcaste\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\pamy1mjw.default
    C:\Users\TheOutcaste\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\vjfg11ov.default
    So copy the contents of pamy1mjw.default to vjfg11ov.default, but don't change the name of the vjfg11ov.default folder.

    I wouldn't try copying anything in the Program Files folder, especially between different versions of Windows, just re-install any addons/extensions
     
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    Or you can change the PROFILES.INI file to point to the old one.
     
  7. Bonecrusher123

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    worked!
     
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