It's not quite that easy Floyd
, but it's not that hard, either.
I've done it a few times, without any problems.
This will restore Firefox with all of it's settings, passwords,and Extensions, still intact:
C:\ Documents and Settings \ "your user name"
\ Application Data \ Mozilla \ Firefox \ Profiles
Make a copy of the Profiles
folder, and save it to a CD.
Reformat your computer, then reinstall Firefox.
Make sure Firefox is not
running, before proceeding.
Locate the new Profiles
folder, and delete it.
Replace it with the old Profiles
folder, that you copied, and saved.
Open the Profiles
folder, and copy the name of the default
It'll be random numbers, followed by .default
It will look something like this:amdz6b0s.default
, and open the profiles.ini
file, in Notepad.
At the bottom, you'll see, Path=Profiles/xxxxx.default (the x's are random numbers)
that you see, was the name of the default file, in the Profiles folder you just deleted.
, with the name of the one you just made a copy of.
At the top, click File
, and select Save
Exit out of Notepad.
Now when you open Firefox, you should have all of your settings, passwords, extensions, etc., just like it was, before the reformat.
Follow the same procedure for Thunderbird.
It'll retain all of your Mail, settings, everything
Sounds complicated, but it's not.