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Computer help request
self ^ | 08/02/13 | 50sdad

Posted on 08/02/2013 1:59:52 PM PDT by 50sDad

My daughter's XP desktop computer crashed, and I am replacing it with another XP box. The old main drive is a slave drive on the new machine, and I can get all the document and picture files. Firefox is being a bear, however....is there any way to recover the Bookmarks file from the old disk and merge it onto the new one? If I had exported a bookmarks.htm file BEFORE the crash, I would be fine...but even running Firefox from the old drive won't seem to let me grab the bookmarks.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: crashxpfirefox; endoflife; firefox; mozilla; windowsxp; xp

1 posted on 08/02/2013 1:59:53 PM PDT by 50sDad
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To: 50sDad

Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP in 248 days. It’s time to move on to something newer like Windows 7.


2 posted on 08/02/2013 2:02:42 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: 50sDad

can you run firefox from the old drive?

If so, use the sync feature.

Under Tools> Set up Sync>


3 posted on 08/02/2013 2:03:04 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: 50sDad

there is a file you can copy from one to another. i think i found out about it on the firefox support site... i will look for you


4 posted on 08/02/2013 2:04:46 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: 50sDad

Search for a file called places.sqlite on the old drive.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Recovering%20important%20data%20from%20an%20old%20profile#w_bookmarks-and-browsing-history


5 posted on 08/02/2013 2:05:19 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: 50sDad
Since you can still access the old drive should be something like - D:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ "D:" being whatever drive letter you have mapped to that drive. You can probably copy that profile file over although I have never worked with Firefox... http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Firefox
6 posted on 08/02/2013 2:09:49 PM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: 50sDad
The firefox favorites file is located in a hidden file in the user profile directory. I don't have an XP box handy but I think these instructions are right.

Open the file explorer and go here: "{old drive letter}\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles" and look for a folder titled "default". You'll need to supply the values inside the parenthesis, of course. Poke around in there and look for a file titled places.sqlite. Once you find it, copy it to the exact same location on the C: drive into her new profile (remember her username might be different now).

7 posted on 08/02/2013 2:19:14 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: MeganC

Laugh at me if you must, but I have 4 PCs that still run on XP that are over 7 years old and give me not problems. I use them for basic functions and everyone in the house is happy. Of course those who ‘need’ more robust systems have them and have very good configurations.

I am staying put.


8 posted on 08/02/2013 2:28:17 PM PDT by Dacula
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To: Sparticus

..What HE said. LOL All I know is the ‘show all bookmarks’ then ‘backup’. But I think what HE said will work.


9 posted on 08/02/2013 2:39:04 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: Dacula

Just don’t connect them to the net after Microsoft ends support for them and you’ll be fine. Otherwise be advised that what’s being called a ‘Hacker Storm’ is expected after EOS as hackers unleash exploits that they know MS will not be patching.


10 posted on 08/02/2013 2:51:50 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: 50sDad

FF bookmarks are usually in a .json or .html file — possibly bookmarks.json or bookmarks.htm.

You can use a backup program to save all the FF settings and restore them on the new hard drive.

http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/


11 posted on 08/02/2013 3:13:28 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Dacula

Me Too,

MSFT has been “ending support” for XP for years now.

The main reason ?

XP doesn’t need support.

It actually works.


12 posted on 08/02/2013 3:28:42 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: 50sDad

As others have pointed out, you can grab that profile. Some are pointing you right to the bookmarks file. I personally grab the whole profile and move it over because I have my menu set up a certain way, etc. Here is a link that has info on how to grab that whole profile and the path:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profiles-where-firefox-stores-user-data#w_finding-your-profile-without-opening-firefox

you may need to show hidden files/folders to get to AppData.


13 posted on 08/02/2013 3:39:31 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: 50sDad

Click ‘Bookmarks’

Click ‘Show all Bookmarks’

Click (on top) ‘Imports and Backups’

Click ‘Export to HTML’

Save it as ‘bookmarks.html’ on your desktop or another drive.


14 posted on 08/02/2013 4:02:54 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to being a liberal)
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To: 50sDad; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

15 posted on 08/02/2013 4:13:58 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: MeganC

“Just don’t connect them to the net after Microsoft ends support for them and you’ll be fine. Otherwise be advised that what’s being called a ‘Hacker Storm’ is expected after EOS as hackers unleash exploits that they know MS will not be patching.”

I doubt there are many holes in XP that a)hackers have not already exploited and b)such exploites having already turned MS & PC security outfits onto them and c)for which security patches have already been made.

I expect newer PC op sys have more undiscovered security holes than old ones.


16 posted on 08/02/2013 4:17:51 PM PDT by Wuli (uir)
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To: 21stCenturion

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17 posted on 08/02/2013 5:31:22 PM PDT by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: Dacula

LOL. Me too - I have five boxes running XP and they can take it from my cold dead hands. So what if they’re ending support - everything works fine without it. Will the hackers target it once support ends? Maybe, but I have created images of each of my drives so I can easily restore if there’s a problem.


18 posted on 08/02/2013 5:54:44 PM PDT by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: 50sDad

On threads of this topic I’m only good for sympathy, not savvy.

Been there with Firefox and bookmarks. My xp lived a long life and was a good sport for all those years, but when occasionally I tried to move bookmarks, it was always a hassle. What I ended up doing was, regular copying of them, and I mean a screenshot and a printed copy of that. Otherwise it was a complex, fatiguing, irritating process.

And even if you know how, I’ve learned, you should not mess with your bookmarks before backing them up. One wrong move and the bookmarks are blown away.

By the way, I liked Firefox too, until I came upon Opera. Also, over the years new versions of Firefox were no improvement over the old, and the xp was having a hard time with their plug-in program.

Another good way to back up your bookmarks is to send them all to a different browser. If you lose them in Firefox you can still access them in Opera or Chrome.

Why stick with xp? Windows 7 is great. Windows 8 is meh, but you can live with it.

Back up everything. A little gadget that looks like a micro Bic lighter will copy everything on your pc in no time flat. You can hang it off a keychain. Stick it in a new laptop that costs under $300 and you got everything you had before, plus a lot of neat new features.

Back up everything...every couple of weeks!

Don’t worry, 99 percent of it you will never revisit anyway. :)


19 posted on 08/03/2013 6:30:05 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: Dacula

Dac, my xp lasted 9 years, then sudden death. RIP.
Hadn’t the heart to bury it so it is still here under the desk, would make a nice cat warmer, but no cat. :(


20 posted on 08/03/2013 6:37:47 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: HomeAtLast

Last weekend I had to do some maintenance work on someone’s XP computer that was about the same age give or take. The thing worked fine and did what it was supposed to do but it did feel a bit like a relic - can’t exactly put my finger on why but it felt like watching an old TV show or something.


21 posted on 08/03/2013 9:36:52 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: 50sDad
Have a look at the old drive under C:\Documents and Settings>> **user** >>Application Data>>Mozilla>>Firefox>>Profiles>>Backups.

There should be a bookmarks.html file there or maybe in the Profiles directory. It usually makes a bookmarks backup when FF is exited.

22 posted on 08/05/2013 9:02:22 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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