Web browsers are great, but when they won’t work, they’re a real pain. That’s what caused new subscriber K. K. Jain to write about Firefox:
While watching online movies, suddenly my Firefox brouser has crashed. Please let me know how to set it right or otherwise at least how to retrieve my bookmarks so that I can reinstall Firefox
Since K.K. didn’t really tell me what is Firefox installation was doing or not doing (such as “it won’t start and says "…."), the only things I could tell him was how to find his bookmarks and how to reinstall Firefox.
So, I wrote back to K.K. to tell him that Firefox stores its bookmarks in a database now, as opposed to the v1 days when it used a bookmarks.html file that you could easily read manually.
FIRST, copy the backup files that Firefox made automatically.
Assuming you’re using Windows 7, you’ll find them in:
Even better, copy all the files you find in
into a new directory for a backup — something like C:\backup\Mozilla
Delete the C:\Program Files\Mozilla\Firefox directory to make sure you’ve gotten rid of whatever is causing the problem.
Download and install the latest Firefox
From the Firefox menu bar,
select Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks
In the resulting dialog box, click on the "Import and Backup" pull-down menu selection
Click on Restore > Choose File
Pick one of the bookmark backup files and let Firefox restore it.
If the latest backup file doesn’t work, try a different one.. It’s possible that the problem is in the bookmarks file that was backed up.
At the end of this process, your new Firefox installation should be fully operation, and have your Bookmarks from your earlier Firefox installation.
Isn’t it nice that Firefox saves a running five (5) versions of your Bookmarks? I think so…