Getting my brand new laptop yesterday was great. It wasn't all good though. The only thing worse than all the bloatware new laptops come with is putting all your old data and settings onto them, especially things you use everyday; your web browser.


A great program called MozBackup packages up all your essential Firefox and Thunderbird settings: bookmarks, mail, contacts, history, extensions, cache etc. The newest release of this essential utility for all Firefox users now supports popular extensions Scrapbook and Tabbrowser Preferences.
Download MozBackup for Windows. Install the app and run it. Pick which Mozilla program and which user and choose "Backup a profile." You will be able to password-protect your backup file if you'd like. (Click to enlarge the screenshot.)

Firefox or Thunderbird can't be running while the backup is created. When you're done, the resulting .pcv file (which is really just a zip file) will contain all your settings. Email it to yourself and save it on your new work computer. Download and install MozBackup there and run it, this time choosing to "Restore a profile" rather than back up. That should set up your Firefox exactly how you had it at your old office.

There we go, within minutes you're ready to import all your old firefox settings to your new version/new computer. It's fantastic.

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