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Firefox Tab Extension and profile fix-up after move from Netscape.  Windows XP running on Toshiba  Tecra M3.

The download file for Tab-Mix Plus insists it is a Netscape file, and opens up in Netscape, yet Netscape will not  recognise it as a valid extension.

Have already been advised by mtz1of4, on a related question:  "What  I would suggest doing is right clicking the Tab Mix Plus Install Link and selecting Save Link As, download it to your download folder and then Drag it onto your Firefox window, it should install it that way.  If not, then perhaps Windows has a .xpi file association to Netscape, so we might have to look at that."

"This also may be of interest.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Mozilla_Suite_:_FAQs_:_Netscape
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Migrate_from_Mozilla_Suite_or_Netscape_to_Thunderbird
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Moving_your_profile_folder"  

I will follow up those suggestions now.

mtz1of4:  I believe you will need to repost your 2 suggestions
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First thing to do now LRG15 is Create A New Profile so that we somehow are not mixing up your Netscape Profile and your Firefox Profile.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_Manager#Creating_a_new_profile
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Creating_a_new_Firefox_profile_on_Windows
1. Close Firefox.
1A. To view All Files and Folders
Open My Computer, select Tools->Folder Options, go to View Tab, under the Advanced Settings scroll down and select "Show Hidden files and Folders" and Uncheck "Hide Extensions for known File Types" and "Hide Protected Operating System Files (recommended)" and then OK out of it.
2. Go to your Start->Run and enter this
firefox.exe -P
and hit Enter.  This starts the Profile Manager.  Click on "Create Profile" and follow the instructions.
3. Enter a descriptive name for the new profile and click the Finish button. Before starting with a selected profile, uncheck the "Don't ask at startup" option until we have your Profiles sorted out; otherwise, the selected profile will automatically start each time.
4. Select your New profile and start it up.  Looks nice, right?
5. Close Firefox.
6. Locate your Bookmarks.html from either your Netscape Profile (someplace like C:\Documents and Settings\[Log-in Name]\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\ ) or your last Firefox profile. (You mentioned that you had successfully imported those to Firefox.)  Copy it to your New Profile location.
7. Start Firefox, Bookmarks intact, and try that Tab Mix Plus install again.  Right Click on the Install Link, select Save As. Save it to a location, go to Tools->Add-ons (Add-on manager window will open) drag the .xpi onto that window and let it install. Restart Firefox.
Did it install properly?

VERY IMPORTANT: Whenever we are working inside the Profile Folder (copying, Pasting, modifying files) Firefox MUST BE CLOSED. Otherwise Firefox MAY overwrite our work when it closes.

If you follow the Import Bookmarks, your old ones will be added to the New Profiles, which probably means duplicates. If you have your bookmarks all set up, just copy/paste as I mentioned above but this is here for your reference.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Import_bookmarks
For more migrating help.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Migrating_settings_to_a_new_profile
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mtz1of4:

  Thanks for all that - I managed to get Firefox and the Tab Plus extension all up and running and profiled - I imported the bookmarks by way of IE7, since Firefox would not import from Netscape, but IE7 would - and Firefox would import from IE7 (that's a bit muddled - but you get the drift I'm sure).

I have cruised around the Mozilla site, and the EE knowledgebase - getting downright independent :-)
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Thanks.  Glad everything is working for you now.
http://forums.mozillazine.org/index.php another great source of info for Firefox and Thunderbird.

C'mon back whenever you need more assistance. Or if you want to help share your knowledge.
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