How can I export or import Mozilla Firefox bookmarks that are stored in an old user profile (C:\Documents and Settings) in Windows XP? This old account can't be logged onto any more

How can I export or import Mozilla Firefox bookmarks that are stored in an old user profile (C:\Documents and Settings) in Windows XP? This old account can't be logged onto any more since this laptop has a problem where new local user accounts can't be created.

I am able to browse to this old user profile and take a look at all of the files and folders in the C:\Documents and Settings\oa" old user profile folder.

Where exactly does Mozilla Firefox store the bookmarks (favorites) for each individual Windows user profile?

All of the methods that I have found on the internet about how to export Mozilla Firefox bookmarks (or import Mozilla Firefox bookmarks into Internet Explorer) involve you having to already be logged on to the particular user account where these bookmarks are stored.

As I mentioned, I am unable to logon to this old user account (I don't even know if it was a local user account or a domain user account) but I am able to browse to and view all of the files and folders.

So, how can I export, import, or simply view all of the Mozilla Firefox bookmarks that exist in this old user profile account?

The operating system is Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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Sudeep SharmaTechnical DesignerCommented:
Follow the path as suggested below.

C:\Documents and Settings\old-profile\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default\bookmarkbackups\

the old-profile is the old profile that you already have with you and "xxxxxx.default" is the folder in which xxxxxxxx would be an alpha numeric text.

You could find files with extension json, you could be able to import these files in Firefox.

I hope that would help.


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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Sudeep SharmaTechnical DesignerCommented:
Well to me it is very easy.

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox.
2. Click on on Bookmarks.
3. Click on Organize Bookmarks.
4. Click on Import and Backup.
5. Click on Restore.
6. Click on Choose File and give the path of the JSON file.

Its......very easy

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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:

That's restore if the user wants to do that.  That replaces the current bookmarks if there are any according to the links I gave.  Which is possibly what the user wants.  The user says import but if they meant just give us the old data only that will work.

If they want to merge the old file - import - with what is presently there that is not the way to go.  The bookmarks file has to be in HTML file format for that to occur.  Which would mean the old json file would have to be exported to HTML first and then imported in.  Doable.

Marc ZCommented:
Just work with a test profile on the new machine, before committing changes. For that point, you might as well grab the entire Profile folder, and modify the profiles.ini on the new machine, Unless you are going to a newer version of Firefox.
IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Great information.
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