Firefox asked a "refresh", computer locked up before finished, created a "old data FireFox file on the desktop.

Firefox asked a 'refresh', I pressed the button refresh and process running, computer then locked up to complete before. He has created a "old data file FireFox" on the desktop. I need to understand how trasfer the data in the old file of data in my FureFox 'new' to allow me to access my bookmarks and other. Thank you!

Hi Ken, Firefox will not start now, complaining that it cannot find its profile, or it starts up, but data are incomplete?

Here is a procedure to return to your prior to refresh the data. It takes 5 minutes, but it's probably faster than the recovery of individual data files and those in a new profile from loading.

Check inside the folder 'Old data Firefox' update adds on your desktop in a folder with a name random semi. If there is only one, that probably has your old settings and Add-ons. If there is more than one, you'll want to work with one who has been updated recently.

Once you have identified the profile folder, that you want to restore, here is my "old profile resurrection suggested procedure:


Here are the steps described in more detail below:

  1. Create a new Firefox profile
  2. Delete all of this profile folder
  3. Copy in all of the old profile folder

Create a new profile for Firefox (Windows)

Out of Firefox and start in the Profile Manager by pasting the following text in the search box of the start menu, or the start > Run dialog box and pressing ENTER:

firefox.exe -P

Note: any time want to switch profiles, exit Firefox and return to this dialog box.

Click on the button create a profile, give it a name like OldSettings and skip the option to change the location of the folder. Select the new profile from the dialog box, and then start Firefox.

Open the new profile folder in Windows Explorer

Firefox in the new profile should look like a new installation of the plant. Open the troubleshooting information page by using either:

  • button "3-bar" menu > "?" button > troubleshooting information
  • Menu help > troubleshooting information
  • type or paste everything: in the address bar and press Enter

In the first table, click on the view file"" button. Firefox will launch your new profile folder in Windows Explorer.

This folder open, switch back to Firefox and get out by using either:

  • "3-bar" menu button > button "power".
  • (menu bar) File > Exit

Firefox is closed, the profile folder must be front and Center, or you can activate it by using the taskbar.

Copy old data instead of new

In this new profile folder you just popped open - NOT the one on your desktop - select all content (you can use Ctrl + a) and delete (you can press Delete on the keyboard).

Leave this window open, open or switch to your folder of old data of Firefox. Consult your old profile folder. At this level, you should see a folder named bookmarkbackups among other things.

Select all (Ctrl + a) and copy (or right-click > copy or Ctrl + c).

Switch to the empty profile folder in another window and paste (or right-click > paste or Ctrl + v). This may take a few minutes because some files are large.

Launch Firefox

Firefox should start in this 'new' profile with the old resurrected profile data. Success?

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