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As a Firefox user, how can I most smoothly transition to a new (to me) computer?

Asked by ibstubro (11003 points ) December 11th, 2013

I know almost nothing about the physical workings and terminology of a desk top computer (appliance). It’s willful, as computers themselves don’t interest me, only what wonderful things they can accomplish.

I need help transitioning from an old Dell WinXP dying computer to a newer Dell Win7 (I think) model.

Nearly all my personal files are currently housed on, and accessed from, an external drive. The majority of that stuff should be plug-and-play. There’s plenty of room on the external, if I could copy-paste from the old PC to the external, and copy-paste to the new PC.

I have the equipment to hook both computers up simultaneously. I’ve transitioned that way previously, but it took a dedicated cable and program. If that’s what it takes, I can do that, but don’t see it as much more than a USB into each. Normally cheap and easy, I’m transitioning to easy and inexpensive. :-)

Thanks, be patient?

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johnpowell's avatar

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles

You can just move your profile over from XP to Windows 7 and all your info should be exactly the same. The article above should help.

In fact I suggest everyone back up their profile and put it on a thumb drive just incase. You might be surprised how screwed you would be if you lost all your bookmarks and passwords.

DWW25921's avatar

I was going to say pretty much the exact things that @johnpowell mentioned so instead I’ll just officially agree and move on. Mention backup… helpful link… I was totally going to do that. :)

Vincentt's avatar

You can also set up Firefox Sync to let Mozilla* store your data in a central place so you can access it from anywhere – including new and old PCs.

*You can also do it yourself, if you want to and know how to.

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