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Firefox session restore - start without it

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I got into a situation where over 100 tabs were opened (bookmark root).
Now I need to get into Fx without it attempting to restore those tabs - it hanged which is why I had to kill it in the first place.
Which file do I edit or command line switch can I use?
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Question by:cyberkiwi
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by:SergeanT_SID
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Go to Tools -> Settings -> General tab
In first drop down "When Firefox starts..." switch to Show homepage or Show empty page instead of Restore windows and tabs opened previously.
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by:cyberkiwi
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Right....
Maybe you missed the part that says, I cannot get into Firefox at all currently.
I can watch the RAM crank up slowly 100KBs at a time while the screen doesn't respond trying to load all the tabs.

Thanks for trying
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Dave Baldwin earned 500 total points
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This page shows how to kill that feature which I had to do: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Session_Restore  In "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\shortcuts" is a shortcut for "Safe Mode".  More info here: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Safe_mode
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by:cyberkiwi
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Kill sessionstore.js - that was it; thank you.

I actually waited it out and Fx eventually responded (but without anything in tabs), but it did take a very long time.  First thing I did was right-click on a tab and "close others".
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Glad to help.  I don't have 'sessionstore.js' anymore but that may be because I killed the 'restore' part.  It crashed on a page my anti-virus blocked and wouldn't work right until I opened in 'Safe Mode' and killed the 'session restore' "feature".
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