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Be sure to read the Firefox 1.0.5 release notes before installing, particularly the note about installing to a clean program directory
Is there any reason why they always want us to uninstall the previous versions?
I've never over-installed without encountering minor issues afterwards. I believe 1.1 is supposed to fix this kind of thing, but until then, a clean installation is best.
I assume you guys are talking about this:
Prior to installing Firefox 1.0.5, please ensure that the directory you've chosen to install into is clean and doesn't contain any previous Firefox installations.
Isn't this just a badly-worded way of saying "avoid creating a situation where there are side-by-side installations of Firefox on the same system"? I always install the updates over the previous versions, and it hasn't caused me any problems on Win 2k, Win XP or Mac OS 10.3.8 since about version .8...
My guess is that it has something to do with the number or combination of extensions installed
So what are we supposed to do? Start from scratch and re-download every single extension, reset all preferences...? Or is there some way extensions & preferences can be retained through a uninstall + install?
What I did was delete the c:\program files\firefox folder and installed. You're settings are stored elsewhere. No problems.
I did the same thing and now have I got problems! Firefox 1.0.5 is toast... it no longer saves passwords (even with the option checked), previous passwords are gone, all history is gone, can't open links in new windows (but can in tabs), and about every other time I start Firefox it hangs and I have to use Task Manager to kill it. And that's only what I've discovered so far. I've uninstalled/reinstalled it 4 different times, twice installing on top of the old installation, and twice deleting everything (program and profile folders) before the install but nothing fixes it.
I'm beginning to wonder if Firefox is headed in the same direction as IE! Frankly, I'm growing tired of the frequent updates even though I never had this type of problem before. And it seams like many of the extensions no longer work after an update.
Perhaps IE isn't so bad after all? Naaahhhh.....
Just days after the releases of Mozilla Firefox 1.0.5 and Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.5, it appears likely that 1.0.6 versions of the two applications could be coming as early as next week. It is understood that API changes in 1.0.5 unintentionally broke some extensions.
Once installed, it will almost always detect your settings directory with no problems. I don't run Firefox on Windows, but I do this for my wife's Mozilla suite every time there is an update, with no problems whatsoever. If you just delete the installation directory, you are asking for trouble over the longer term.
I'm beginning to wonder if Firefox is headed in the same direction as IE! Frankly, I'm growing tired of the frequent updates.
You mean the ones to ensure security? You'd prefer to be wide open to hackers? Or go back to IE where Microsoft doesn't fix critical security holes for weeks? I'm glad Firefox fixes its security holes so quickly.
Perhaps you should try Opera instead of IE.
Release notes for 1.0.6 [mozilla.org]
My guess is that it has something to do with the number or combination of extensions installed. I run over 40 extensions,
Not quite that high, but this is the worst part of upgrading FF. I always seem to end up having to download and install the extensions all over again (and some of them aren't simple to find).
Any tips on a smoother upgrade without having to manually do this?
adblock + proper use of * characters = no more ads
all in one gestures - how can you live without it?
google page rank status - our friend
sort bookmarks - nice little thing to sort bookmarks, very useful
web developer toolbar - no web developer should be without it.
I use a bunch more, but those are IMO the ones I can't live without, well there's one more, but until the guy gets it more user friendly I can't really recommend it, as utterly fantastic as it is.
I think 1.1 is coming out next month sometime, that should smooth the upgrade process significantly, and much more importantly, it makes it possible to do corporate rollouts, which weren't really feasable currently due to how corporate networks need to store user data and do updates.
Except for one extension on 1.0.3 - not one of the above ones, I haven't had any real problems with updates, just make a new folder, or delete files from old folder, then install new version. Note, on 1.0.6, I couldn't see my bookmarks until I clicked manage bookmarks, then they were all back.
Further note: 1.0.5 messed with extensions a bit apparently, changed API, 1.0.6 is out and fixed that issue. Tbird 1.0.6 is also now out.