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August 18, 2009

FireFox and Windows 7

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 8:55 pm

For years I’ve been using a little backup app for Firefox called MozBackup, so every time I reinstalled my OS for whatever reason, I would simply back up FireFox and Thunderbird using this app, export out everything I needed (including cookies, plug-ins, and so forth) allowing me to switch over with no problems.  I didn’t have to remember all my logins/passwords to every site used, all my email history was intact, everything i used regularly, and was important to me was flawlessly transferable.

Then Firefox 3.5 came out. When I updated my browser it broke all by plug-ins and extensions I had for FF.  I started getting mass pop up ads for porn sites, and banner ads I normally wouldn’t have seen.  It was a nightmare to use, and it felt like I was on some strangers PC who was still using IE.  At first i thought it was some incompatibility with Windows 7 64bit.  After all Win7 has two separate folders for program files.  \program files and \program files (x86) for old 32-bit apps.  This is where Firefox would install in.  Every time I tried to install a plug-in there was an error during the install, and it would refuse to install.  I even switched back to FF 3.0.x and I STILL had the same problems!  GRR!

I thought the folks at firefox would fix it, but it’s never did happen with FF 3.51’s release.  I have more than one PC, and on my 2nd PC I’ve had windows 7 (64) running since the beta was out (now running RC).  But i never did get around to installing FF on it since I don’t use it much. I guess for months I made the false asumption that FF 3.5 plugins werne’t compadible with Windows 7. Until i realized I never tested it, and would only take moments to test.  Low and behold it ran fine, all the plugins I downloaded installed just fine as they should.  The only difference this time is I never restored my MozBackup on this.  I’m assuming MozBackup broke something in 3.5 when it restored particular files, or settings so plugs weren’t found in the proper place, even after downloading they wouldn’t install. So it looks like I need to do a “fresh” install of FireFox on my main PC to get everything working properly.  I hope i can still remember all my logins and passwords.  <sigh>

At least now I can start out clean, even some quirks will be cleared away, and I just need to export my bookmarks to HMTL and I’ll be fine.  I’ll likely keep using MozBackup when I transition from Windows 7 RC, to the final version released this fall.  I’m also gonna give Bing a whirl as my default search engine, and see how that works out.

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