Posted 27 October 2004 - 11:14 AM
With the newer versions, some of the older plug-ins and extensions, may not work. But you should be able to retain your user settings.
When you uninstall Mozilla/Firefox, there is a file that isn't deleted. It's your user preferences file, located here:
My Computer / C: / Documents and Settings / user name / Application Data / Mozilla
NOTE: You have to have "show hidden files" enabled, to see this folder.
To enable the viewing of Hidden files, in XP, follow these steps:
1. Close all programs so that you are at your desktop.
2. Double-click on the My Computer icon.
3. Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
4. After the new window appears select the View tab.
5. Put a checkmark in the checkbox labeled Display the contents of system folders.
6. Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
7. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide file extensions for known file types.
8. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files.
9. Press the Apply button and then the OK button and shutdown My Computer.
10. Now your computer is configured to show all hidden files.
So you should be able to uninstall, without loosing your preferences, but you will probably have to reinstall some, or all, of your extensions and plug-ins.
For your bookmarks:
Create 2 new folder on your Desktop (Right click empty space on Desktop / New / Folder / then name one Mozilla, and the other Firefox.
Open Firefox / Bookmarks / Manage Bookmarks / File / Export / send it to the new Firefox folder you created.
When you get the new version installed, you will do the same thing, except this time, you will Import from the new folder you created.
I'm not sure about Mozilla (I don't use it), but I would imagine it is similar to Firefox
If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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