Using many version of firefox

How to use different version of firefox on the same windows machine.

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Mozilla team is actively releasing the Firefox recently. It is a good thing and welcomed by many Firefox lovers. Just a thing, not every addon is compatible with the newly released Firefox. Until the addons you used are fully compatible with the latest one, you have to hold your urge to update the firefox or just ignore the addons.

There is a way to run two or more firefoxes (in PC), you need to

  • install the firefoxes to different folder
  • create separate profile for each firefox
  • change shortcuts to run with separate profile

1. Install the firefoxes to different folder

  • Choose custom when installing firefox
  • Choose different folder (I usually choose C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox <version>\)
  • Finish the installation

2. Create separate profile for each firefox

  • Right click the firefox shortcut on the destop
  • Choose property
  • In target, append –no-remote -P

 

  • Press ‘OK’
  • Double click and open the shortcut (you will be presented with profile manager)
  • Press ‘Create Profile’ Button (you will be presented with next dialog)
  • Press ‘Next’ button
  • On this dialog, name your profile name (note the profile name well)
  • Press ‘Finish’ button
  • Uncheck ‘Don’t ask at startup’ checkbox
  • Press ‘Start Firefox’ button
  • And exit

3. Change shortcuts to run with separate profile

  • Go to shortcut property again
  • this time, append name of the profile to Target, it will look something like this “C;\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4\Firefox.exe” –no-remote -P “FF4”
  • Press ‘OK’

 

Repeat step 1-3 for other version of firefox. Remember, only use shortcut to launch your Firefox browsers.

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