getting ready to download, need help

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23 Jan, 2014 05:24 AM

was hoping to check this out on a g4 ppc tiger, machine is 7450. anyway i'm not sure what version to download first, could i just go right to the latest version (think it's 24.2.0) or do the download in steps. has read something earlier tonite that i believed suggested this as it would preserve my current settings in firefox. using firefox now, can't update it any further on my machine, hopefully someone understands what i'm asking and could help me to get going on this, btw-been looking for the past few hrs on this (not here yet) but came up empty, thanks

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 23 Jan, 2014 05:51 AM

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    It would be better to do it in steps, preferably 3.6 (I assume that's what you're using now) to 10 -> 17 -> 24. This has the best chance of working. Please note that most of your addons, if you have any, won't work, and you should uninstall them first and then reinstall them after.

    Still, the cleanest approach is to start over with a fresh profile. You can export your bookmarks and import them back after the process (under Bookmarks, Show All Bookmarks; there should be a button to do this). Then, to clean the profile, stop Firefox, drag Library/Application Support/Firefox to the trash (but don't empty the trash, so you can reverse the process if it goes bad). At this point you can start TenFourFox, which will make a new profile folder, and import your bookmarks from where you saved them.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 23 Jan, 2014 05:52 AM

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    If you are using a version of Firefox prior to 3.6, by the way, I would just start over -- too much has changed in the browser to reliably upgrade directly or in steps.

  3. 3 Posted by timslcsatofpa on 23 Jan, 2014 06:56 AM

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    not sure what u mean by exporting bookmarks, that can be done with a fresh profile (little last)? thanks btw on the step procedure. gotta ask, believe also read that it's better to run tenfourfox and firefox as one and same or together, would ifirefox be able to be ran seperate? with out reinstall?, not that i want, wondering? thank you for helping understand,

  4. 4 Posted by timslcsatofpa on 23 Jan, 2014 07:01 AM

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    sorry if i sound if sound new at the computer, or not sure, been about 3 yrs s since i upgraded anything, been injuried (couldn't do much) and then work but slowly some knowledge is coming back along with having a little time.

  5. 5 Posted by timslcsatofpa on 24 Jan, 2014 07:51 AM

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    cameron, couldn't find how to export the bookmarks last night but found out how today. just a little confused on me relieably upgrade in steps or directly. . take it that's meaning ff and to download t4f in steps is the way to go. note read earlier that one versions not dependent on the other, so will i have to get rid of the earlier version once i step up? meaning if i go from 10-17-2. again sorry to bother, been a while but it's coming back, just wanna get it right, and thanks again, as well as doing this

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 24 Jan, 2014 06:36 PM

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    Tim, I'm not sure I understand your question. What version are you starting from?

  7. 7 Posted by timslcsatofpa on 24 Jan, 2014 07:39 PM

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    hey cameron, first gotta say i didn't mean to bother u again, take u away from other things. have been able to do a lot of reading in the last 2 days. can't believe how much i didn't know and there is to know but on a good note, reading about t4f has really lead me and make me want to understand and get a somewhat better idea and angle of the workings of what makes and goes into my online experiance etc.. so thank you for that. alright that said, i'm starting from scratch, don't have any versions of t4f installed at this time but ff3.6. so here's where i'm at, (thinking i'm almost good to go on all this) here's what i got or my starting point- gonna install 10-4-f in steps mentioned (10-17-24), then export bookmarks and try to update settings. (btw-the settings is what i'm reading about now, learning what i could and how to go about them as to what will work, not sure if the add ons and plug ins are involved but gonna try figure it out). with then being up to current 24 version will then drag old profile to the trash, the above mention reference (library./app/ support ff etc). one thing not sure at the moment is if when finish and get up to current versions (assuming i get there) do i need to delete or trash the older ones or versions. example being once get the 24 version loaded do need to do anything with the 10 or 17 version. had seen something last night that mention something about this, believe mention they are dependent on one another which leaves me to think it might be best to trash the older version, don't think would need them and as also would be taking up space. anyway, sorry again to bother u. hopefully my thoughts and writing makes sense but this is pretty much where i'm at. if u see this and have time any thoughts would be appreciated.

  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 24 Jan, 2014 09:07 PM

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    Here's a step-by-step for you for migrating from FF 3.6 to TFF 24.

    1) Start FF 3.6.
    2) In Tools Menu>Add-ons>Extensions: If you have any extensions, note them down, then remove them. In all likelyhood, none of them will work in TFF 24
    3) In Bookmarks Menu>Organize Bookmarks… click the "Star" Button>Export HTML… (see screenshot below). This will make a backup copy of your bookmarks in case anything goes wrong
    4) With FF 3.6, go to
    and download TFF 10
    5) Close FF 3.6 and move it to the trash in the Finder (Macintosh HD/Applications/ --> drag to Trash). Do not start FF 3.6 any more from here on, otherwise it will destroy your migrated profile
    6) Unzip your TFF download
    7) In the Finder, move the TFF 10 application to "Macintosh HD/Applications" and start it from there
    8) With TFF 10, go to
    and download TFF 17
    9) Close TFF 10
    10) Unzip TFF 17
    11) Move the TFF 17 application to "Macintosh HD/Applications (it will overwrite TFF 10, that's okay) and start it from there
    12) With TFF 17, go to
    and download TFF 24
    13) Close TFF 17
    14) Unzip TFF 24
    15) Move the TFF 24 application to "Macintosh HD/Applications" – again, overwriting TFF 17 – and start it
    16) You're done and can use TFF 24 normally
    17) If you had any extensions in FF 3.6, re-download them in the Add-ons Manager (Tools>Add-ons>Get Add-ons)
    18) Your bookmarks should have survived the process, if they haven't, you can re-import them from your saved bookmarks.html file

  9. 9 Posted by timslcsatofpa on 24 Jan, 2014 09:31 PM

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    chris, wow,that was a fast reply. looks like i got a lotta good info to work from, awesome. thanks for this and as well as u all hanging in there with me on this.

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