Select the operation to perform, Backup a profile or Restore a profile. The installed applications that MozBackup supports will be listed. Select the application that you want to backup or restore. In this example I will back up a profile for Thunderbird.
Click the Browse… button to choose the backup directory. The default file name will be the application name, version and current date. Modify the default file name if wanted. Click the Save button. Click the Next> button when done.
If there are additional files that you want to add to the backup click the Unknown files button and this window will open. Click OK to add the files in the list or Cancel to abort. The Unknown files window should close. Clicking the Next> button on the Components selection screen will start the backup process.
Note: Before restoring a profile you should have the application (Firefox, Thunderbird, etc.) already installed and should have run it at least once.
Now let's restore a profile. Select the Restore a profile radio button and select the application. Please note that like the backup operation, the application you select cannot be running. I will be restoring a Thunderbird profile in this example. Click the Next> button when done.
Select the profile to backup, normally default. I was unable to create a new profile using the New profile button. Refer to the Mozilla Profile Manager Web page for instructions how you can create a new profile.
Important! If you have multiple profiles, be sure that you select the appropriate profile before moving to the next screen.
Click the Browse… button to choose the backup directory. Navigate to the drive and folder where your profiles have been saved and select the profile that you want to open. Click the Open button. Click the Next> button when done.
Warning! The profile information in the PCV file you select will overwrite any existing profile information. This includes bookmarks and emails if applicable. You may want to backup the current profile before doing a profile restore.
Note: This screen may be different depending on the application chosen in the 'Operation type' screen. The details will be enabled or disabled depending on the application profile that you are restoring.
All enabled items will be selected by default. Uncheck any components that you do not want to restore.
As mentioned earlier, restoring a profile will overwrite existing profile information including emails and bookmarks, if selected and applicable. Be sure you understand the consequences before clicking the Yes button!
Alan Norton began using PCs in 1981, when they were called microcomputers. He has worked at companies like Hughes Aircraft and CSC, where he developed client/server-based applications. Alan is currently semi-retired and starting a new career as a wri...