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Old 10. Jan 2014, 11:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default how do you update mozilla firefox?

I have had M. firefox, for approximately 6 months, i have never known of the browser updating, and its set to automatically update.

today i went to tools-options-and a box popped up that included a tab named "update" that i clicked, but no method for manually updating was present.

i noted it was set to automatically check for and install updates using a background service.

i checked update history and it is a blank, empty box.

i gave some thought to my using sandboxie, and maybe i was somehow deleting any updates, but i refrained from using sandboxie for 5 days, still no update history for M. firefox.

maybe someone can direct me to a link or advise me how to update.

it should be noted that as i,m writing this, a box just popped up in lower right corner telling me firefox 26.0? (i think) is available for download, it was gone before i could hardly read it.

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Old 10. Jan 2014, 12:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What's the version of the Firefox currently installed on your system?

You can know this by going to Help --> About Firefox. There, you will see the Firefox version currently installed. Also, there you will see "Check for Updates" button. You can click it to check for updates. If there is a new version available, then Firefox will update itself when you click that button.

To make sure the update takes place, do this process out of Sandboxie.
Please understand that any change you make in the browser inside Sandboxie will not affect the browser on the real system. So, to update your browser, do it out of Sandboxie.

Since the setting in your browser is set to auto update, then it should update itself automatically. However, since you use the browser with Sandboxie, then those updates might have been lost.

So, updating via the method above outside Sandboxie is one option.

Another is to download the setup manually via the Mozilla Firefox site. Nowadays they offer a web installer.. so, if you need a full offline installer, go to this link:

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/

Here, you can look for the English(US) version of Firefox, under Windows. When you hover your mouse over the Download link, it will show you what version of Firefox is available for download. So, if the version available is newer, then you can download the setup and update Firefox manually by running the setup.

But, since you have setup Firefox to update automatically, then the first method would be more preferable for you. Or, as you like.

I hope this helps. Do ask if you have any more queries.
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Old 10. Jan 2014, 01:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thank you very much, this is as strange as it gets..... i have tried to update it probably weekly, outside sandboxie for 6 months. during the above post i was prompted to update firefox but could not get to the link fast enough with the mouse, now it shows i am updated from version 24.0 to 26.0. if the message was 10 seconds quicker i wouldnt have even ask a question, thanks much
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Old 10. Jan 2014, 01:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Placou, Firefox is set to update automatically by default. As Anupam said, if you leave it at this default while running it in a sandbox then the updates will be deleted when you close the sandbox. You should set FF to "Check for updates, but let me choose when to install them". That way when you get notices for updates while in a sandbox you could open FF outside of the sandbox and update it.
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I am not sure, but I think a new release for Firefox is done every 6 weeks, or might be less. So, weekly checking for it is futile. Also, whenever there is a new release, someone does post about it in the forum in the Firefox thread. So, if you are regular to the forum, you might notice it.

I haven't set Firefox to update automatically, so I don't know how it works, whether it requires any interaction from the user or not.

However, whenever there is a new release available, Firefox does show a notice about it to the user. There are various alerts available. One is the small window that pops up in the corner informing about the new release, which you most probably saw. It goes away after a while. So, when you notice it, just update Firefox via the procedure posted above.

Sometimes, Firefox does alert via a big window, which stays for quite a while, or till I think the user dismisses it. So, that's also another alert. Atleast it occurred for me, maybe because I have auto-update turned off, and I have set Firefox to only notify me about it, but not update. I do the update manually.

Depends on how a user likes to handles updates. For most general computer users, it's best to leave it to update automatically. That is what I set it to, on computers of friends and family who I will consider general computer users.
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You should set FF to "Check for updates, but let me choose when to install them". That way when you get notices for updates while in a sandbox you could open FF outside of the sandbox and update it.
Yes, that's a good idea probably.
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