Frosted Flake wrote:
There are profiles for both Seamonkey and Firefox (one each) on my
wife's old machine.
She is getting a new machine and I have installed both Seamonkey and
Firefox on that new machine (there are new profile folders on that new
For Seamonkey, Firefox and Thunderbird, it's not difficult to move a
profile to a new machine. For a Windows user, historically, using
MozBackup is a good tool to make it go fast (and you don't have to go
rooting around in the depths of files buried deep in the Windows
profile, in folders that are normally hidden), although that one is no
longer supported, and the writer indicates that there's newer
developments that the last iteration of MozBackup doesn't account for.
It may be that that's less of an issue for Thunderbird and Seamonkey,
but probably better not to go there.
To start, you need to know the location of each profile. For firefox,
that %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<salt>.default\* (where <salt>
is a random 8-character alphanumeric string) and for Seamonkey,
%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Seamonkey\Profiles\<salt>.default\*. Use of the
%APPDATA% environment variable allows you to always find the location,
regardless of what version of Windows you're using, what your Windows
user name is, and any issues of whether the AppData folder is hidden, or
Assuming that you don't have a LAN connection, copy each of the profile
folders to movable storage.
Then, on the new machine:
1) Open Firefox or Seamonkey. When you get to the initial configuration
wizard, cancel, and shut down. The configuration wizard will create the
necessary profile (<salt>.default), although the contents of <salt> are
randomized, and will be different than they were on the old machine.
2) For each profile, copy the *contents* of the folder on the movable
drive into %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<salt>.default\ (for
Firefox). Repeat the process for each Firefox and Seamonkey profile
that you want to move.
For this kind of thing, I know that there's some that insist that it's
necessary to use the same profile folder (by name), but in order to do
that, that requires extra steps of editing your profiles.ini folder, to
make sure that the content there matches the folder name used by the
profile on the old machine.
I've found that that's not really necessary. As long as the profile
manager has created the profile, the name of the folder doesn't really
matter, just that you get the contents of the old folder into the new
After you've copied your profiles, then you'll want to start up Firefox
and Seamonkey and make sure that everything is working correctly.
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