How to Restore Old Firefox Profile Data After Reset

by Venkat eswarlu on June 19, 2013

in Firefox,How to,tips and tricks

As you know to fix the problems such as slowness and other issues Firefox users face, Mozilla has introduced Reset feature from version 13 on wards, you can find Reset button on “Troubleshooting Information”/about:support page. This feature is also useful to remove malicious toolbars and restore search engine defaults, which  is the obvious reason most for using this feature.

After resetting Firefox, you’ll find “old Firefox Data” folder on your desktop. Mozilla intention behind on adding this folder to desktop after reset is to let you restore your old profile data if you don’t find much help with reset. And more over, you can restore all lost customizations including add-ons without needing to install them again using this folder, but how is the question?. We’re explaining that below with step by step in detail.

Restoring Firefox Old Profile Data after Reset

1. After Resetting Firefox, Exit Firefox browser.

2. Backup current Profile folder using tools like Firefox backup tool or MozBackup or you can manually copy Profile folder- click on “Show Folder” on Troubleshooting Information page- paste to another location on hard drive.

3. Open Old Firefox Data folder and copy all files in it with Ctrl +C button, now open Firefox profile folder (use the mentioned  above to reach there).

4. Use Ctrl+V to paste them, Windows Explorer shows “confirm folder replace” dialog, at the bottom of it select “Do this for all Current items” (check the screenshot below) and click “Yes” button.

confirm folder replace dialog thumb How to Restore Old Firefox Profile Data After Reset

5.   Next “Copy File” dialog appears on screen with message “there is already a file with the same name in this location , select “Do this for next (number shown) conflicts“ at the bottom and click on “copy and replace”.

copy file dialog thumb How to Restore Old Firefox Profile Data After Reset

That’s it! Your old Firefox profile data has been restored. Open Firefox and check to confirm.

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