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I installed Windows 7 and forgot to do something about saving my Firefox settings except for a full backup through Windows Backup. I also copied all my files in my home directory to an external drive, not fully trusting Windows Backup to get everything I needed. So I essentially have 2 ways of getting back my old files.

Now I would like to get my profile from the previous installation to work in the freshly installed Windows 7 system. Can this be done if I have the previous files under AppData?

What do I do to restore the profile?

I also happen to have all of the old files in C:\Windows.old if I need them.

Btw, I did try copying the old profile files back in place (see location below) but it just did not work.


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I found the proper profile location and was able to restore my profile! – Brennan Stehling Oct 27 '09 at 23:43
Since you answered your own question - which is totally cool - copy your comment into the answer and mark it solved. – Sim Oct 28 '09 at 0:04
please see @Sim's comment about putting your info as an answer and marking it as accepted. – nhinkle Dec 14 '10 at 4:43
up vote 1 down vote accepted

I found the proper profile location and was able to restore my profile!

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I think, now you have restored your lost profile, you can try MozBackup to not doing that the next time:

MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite and Netscape profiles. It allows you to backup and restore bookmarks, mail, contacts, history, extensions, cache etc.

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