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    The Registry, the Fox and the Net (XP PRo (SP1))

    I realise this is the Windows XP forum but has any tried using Firefox 0.9.3? I thought it was great until I tried to download something with it. It vanished without trace. I installed, reinstalled, rolled back Windows - it crashes every time I go to tools - options - download. I decided to remove all traces of it for now (which is a pity but it without download it is too limited). After uninstalling it I searched the registry. I came across one reference to Mozilla inside this key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerAboutURLs (multistring value: Name: Mozilla value: res://mshtml.dll/about.moz)

    I also found a whole Netscape Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareNetscape

    Is it safe to delete the Netscape Key and the Mozilla value? Is Mozilla a form of Netscape? Why would this key be there at all.

    Would someone please advise?

    Thanks,

    Chris (Hunt)

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    Re: The Registry, the Fox and the Net (XP PRo (SP1

    > Is Mozilla a form of Netscape?

    Mozilla was the original code name for the first Netscape browser, and is the name of the open source project that created the Mozilla and Firefox browsers.

    I have Firefox 0.9.3 installed, which I installed over version 0.9.2 without any problems.

    I have the following registry keys that I'm certain were added by Firefox:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMozilla
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMozillaPlugins
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareNetscape

    If you're not 100% sure about deleting, rename it (e.g., NetscapeX) so that if necessary you can recover it later.

    Now... as for this problem with downloading, I haven't heard of that one before. The settings for download preferences are stored in the prefs.js file under your Mozilla profile. Perhaps that file got corrupted and there was an invalid value for something really critical? Obviously a bit late to test that theory, but if something like that were to happen to me, I'd try to get a default file. (Maybe I should make a backup right now. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> )

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    Re: The Registry, the Fox and the Net (XP PRo (SP1

    Thanks for the reply,

    I'd really like to be able to use FireFox. I uninstalled and tried reinstalling but got the same problem. I even downloaded FireFox again. Perhaps I should delete the references in the registry and then reinstall FireFox and see what happens. Could that hurt if I make a system restore point? I'm sure when I first downloaded it I could access the download manager though it was a bit slow to come up. I had added the Spellbound extension. Then I added a couple of search engines. Could that have screwed up the download manager? May I ask if you are using any extensions? Perhaps it is some other software I have that's clobbering the Firefox download manager - but I don't have any extra download utilities installed.

    Ponder, ponder,

    Chris

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    Re: The Registry, the Fox and the Net (XP PRo (SP1

    First, I don't think I have added anything except the Real player plug-in. My extension list consists just of DOM Inspector, and I have no special themes.

    I suspect that any problems with your configuration files are being preserved when you uninstall and reinstall. If you rename your

    Cocuments and SettingsUserNameApplication DataMozillaFirefox

    folder to something like FirefoxOLD before reinstalling, perhaps you will get a cleaner re-install. Just speculation, as I haven't had to do this.

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    Re: The Registry, the Fox and the Net (XP PRo (SP1

    Thanks, that made a big difference. <img src=/S/cloud9.gif border=0 alt=cloud9 width=25 height=23>

    Firefox now opens the download manger option without batting an eye. Does this mean I can go ahead and delete the old folder in Documents and Settings. Actually this raises the question of why the folder is there at all. I uninstalled FireFox but that folder remained. I searched through the registry and found nothing to indicate the existence of such a folder. I'd forgotten about Documents and Settings when reinstalling. Does this mean that if I want to remove a program completely I need to always check documents and settings as well as removing the program and going through the registry? Is it safe to just delete a folder here?

    After all this time I still can't quite get used to the way Windows XP does things. <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>

    Thanks again,

    Chris

    PS I reinstalled Spellbound and that wasn't the problem. So perhaps it was a search engine.

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    Re: The Registry, the Fox and the Net (XP PRo (SP1

    <hr>...why the folder is there at all. I uninstalled FireFox but that folder remained... <hr>
    Chris, if I might make a comment here. Mozilla (and FF I assume) stores its user profiles usually in the Documents and Settings folder tree and the actual program files usually in Program Files. The reason for this (at least one key reason) is so that you CAN uninstall the software or re-install without losing all your settings, bookmarks, email and so on - which are kept with the profile. One personal choice thing I do when getting ready to make changes to my Mozilla setup is to make a copy of my profile folder, using drag-n-drop, someplace tucked away on my hard drive. Then if I decide to delete the profile folder and later want my bookmarks back or need to put my email files back, I am able to do so.

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