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So I have Firefox ESR installed, and I want to change to the "release" channel. Is there a way to do that or do I have to reinstall?

I've tried changing in about:config to 'release', and that didnt seem to do it.


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Have you tried going to Firefox button -> Help -> About Firefox? This will check for updates. In any case, reinstalling will not delete your profile (which contains all your settings, preferences, extensions, history, bookmarks, etc.) so that should not really be an issue. – Wk_of_Angmar Nov 20 '12 at 20:59
I have. There doesnt seem to be a way to change the update channel... Maybe I'll just reinstall... – Alex Nov 20 '12 at 22:34
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The release channel is hardcoded in (Mozilla Program Directory/default/pref/) channel-prefs.js. You'll have to edit it manually.


pref("", "esr");

and change it to

pref("", "release");
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The answer by DragoonHP is not entirelly correct. Not every ESR version can be simply converted to a release version. As of Firefox ESR 24.5.0, just changing the release channel does not bring new updates. It seems also that Firefox ESR is a completely different compilation and the release version might have trouble with your ESR profile (See this thread Can I convert an existing Firefox installation to ESR without a re-install?)

I recommended to copy the main profile files and re-install Firefox.

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