Download the New Firefox 3 But Don’t Install it Yet
Mozilla has just announced their release of Firefox 3. Are you going to help break the world record? This newest version of Firefox is said to be much faster and will consume far less memory than it’s predecessors with a few extra enhancements to boot.
The claims alone make Firefox 3 definitely worth the upgrade as long as you keep your existing Firefox 2 because you might loose some of the add-ons that made your experience with Firefox 2 so great.
How To Run Firefox 2 and Firefox 3
So, how do you install Firefox 3 and make it work with Firefox 2? I’m gonna tell ya how…
- Right click on the shortcut of Firefox 2 then click “properties”. Add “-profilemanager” (without the quotations) at the end of the shortcut path. Click OK. Run this shortcut to launch Firefox Profile Manager.
- Create a new profile which you will name “firefox3″ or whateva. Uncheck the “don’t ask at startup” option.
- Right click and goto the properties of the firefox2 shortcut again. Remove the “-profilemanager” which you just added and replace it with “-p default” or whatever your default profile was named. This forces Firefox 2 to open the original profile. makes sense, right?
- Start the install for firefox3. When asked which set up type you would like, choose the Custom option.
- Upon completion of the installation you will need to uncheck the “Launch Firefox Now” option because there is still something else that needs to be done before the launch.
- Goto the Properties of Firefox3 shortcut. Add “-no-remote -p firefox3″ (or whatever you called your new profile in step 2 above) to the target. It is the “-no-remote” that will let Firefox run a separate threaded instance. The “-p firefox3″ is what’s going to force firefox3 to run the newly clean profile.
- Double click your Firefox 3 icon. You will then be prompted that Firefox is not your default browser. DO NOT click yes. Uncheck the “always perform this check when starting Firefox” and click NO.
- Now you can run both Firefox 2 and use all your existing add-ons and the new Firefox3 at the same time. Simple right?