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Message 1310582 - Posted: 26 Nov 2012, 20:57:49 UTC

Frankly, I had My doubts that Mozilla ever wanted to release a 64bit browser, as the browser never left Alpha or Nightly status, this only confirms, those like Me have been abandoned, I like My 64bit browser, My favorite version is 12.0a1, the latest version 20.0a1 is not worth running, nor is 13.0a1 to 19.0a1 as there are few things that were never fixed that should have been, 12.0a1 is the best and the most stable 64bit browser I've ever seen, You might need at least 8GB of ram, but it does work, I have 16GB of ram, could 12.0a1 have been released? Yes, I've used it for over 1 year, It works with quite a few extensions, Mozilla just has COLD Feet...

So instead Mozilla wants everyone to go back to cramped 32bit-dumb...

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Development of 64-bit Firefox for Windows is dead. As hard to believe in this 64-bit world, it seems that 32-bit apps still rule. On Friday, Mozilla engineering manager Benjamin Smedberg posted a thread over on the Google Groups mozilla.dev.planning forum called "Turning off win64 builds", due to various problems with them. After a somewhat lively discussion, he decided to pull all 64-bit development on Wednesday, meaning that a 64-bit version of Firefox will unfortunately never be released.
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Message 1310688 - Posted: 27 Nov 2012, 4:31:02 UTC

Now if one wants the zipped version from the horses mouth, at least for as long as Mozilla keeps 12.0a1 on their server, It's here: http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/2012/01/2012-01-01-03-10-15-mozilla-central/firefox-12.0a1.en-US.win64-x86_64.zip it's 22MB download instead of a 16.5MB or 16.4MB download from here.

An easy way to tell if one has a 64bit XP, Vista or Win7 OS or not is to look for "*32"(minus the quote marks that is) after a file name in Windows Task Manager, if You don't see *32 anywhere You may have a 32bit OS, like after ones Seti app, in which case You can't run a 64bit program, even if You tried.
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Message 1310696 - Posted: 27 Nov 2012, 4:54:04 UTC - in response to Message 1310688.

An easy way to tell if one has a 64bit XP, Vista or Win7 OS ...

The easiest is to hit Win+Pause :)


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Message 1310697 - Posted: 27 Nov 2012, 5:05:24 UTC - in response to Message 1310696.

An easy way to tell if one has a 64bit XP, Vista or Win7 OS ...

The easiest is to hit Win+Pause :)


Thanks, I didn't know about that key combo, does that work in XP too?
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Message 1310806 - Posted: 27 Nov 2012, 20:01:22 UTC - in response to Message 1310697.

An easy way to tell if one has a 64bit XP, Vista or Win7 OS ...

The easiest is to hit Win+Pause :)


Thanks, I didn't know about that key combo, does that work in XP too?

Works in 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
On some laptop keyboards you may need to use Win+Fn+Pause


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Message 1310808 - Posted: 27 Nov 2012, 20:02:11 UTC - in response to Message 1310697.

An easy way to tell if one has a 64bit XP, Vista or Win7 OS ...

The easiest is to hit Win+Pause :)


Thanks, I didn't know about that key combo, does that work in XP too?

It does. Someone made a nice document for Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts in PDF & XPS format. Most of the keyboard shortcuts are the same ones that have always been around, but there are some newer ones for Windows 8 & some I forget about when using Windows 7.
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Message 1310825 - Posted: 27 Nov 2012, 20:53:27 UTC - in response to Message 1310806.

An easy way to tell if one has a 64bit XP, Vista or Win7 OS ...

The easiest is to hit Win+Pause :)


Thanks, I didn't know about that key combo, does that work in XP too?

Works in 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
On some laptop keyboards you may need to use Win+Fn+Pause


I just tried it several times on XP Pro and all that happened is the hourglass appeared next to the mouse cursor for a fraction of a second. Could it be because I'm on a non-admin account?

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Message 1310826 - Posted: 27 Nov 2012, 20:56:01 UTC - in response to Message 1310825.

An easy way to tell if one has a 64bit XP, Vista or Win7 OS ...

The easiest is to hit Win+Pause :)


Thanks, I didn't know about that key combo, does that work in XP too?

Works in 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
On some laptop keyboards you may need to use Win+Fn+Pause


I just tried it several times on XP Pro and all that happened is the hourglass appeared next to the mouse cursor for a fraction of a second. Could it be because I'm on a non-admin account?

Possibly, since I don't use XP anymore, I can't say.
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Message 1310828 - Posted: 27 Nov 2012, 21:12:58 UTC - in response to Message 1310825.

An easy way to tell if one has a 64bit XP, Vista or Win7 OS ...

The easiest is to hit Win+Pause :)


Thanks, I didn't know about that key combo, does that work in XP too?

Works in 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
On some laptop keyboards you may need to use Win+Fn+Pause


I just tried it several times on XP Pro and all that happened is the hourglass appeared next to the mouse cursor for a fraction of a second. Could it be because I'm on a non-admin account?

Works on my systems when using a user that only belongs to the Users group.
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Message 1310897 - Posted: 28 Nov 2012, 2:53:54 UTC - in response to Message 1310582.

If I might suggest an alternate browser for your perusal..

PaleMoon

http://www.palemoon.org/

Its a 64bit recompile of the latest Mozilla code....you
can read about it at the web site. I've used it for about
a year and a half with no problems....
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Message 1310899 - Posted: 28 Nov 2012, 3:12:28 UTC - in response to Message 1310897.

If I might suggest an alternate browser for your perusal..

PaleMoon

http://www.palemoon.org/

Its a 64bit recompile of the latest Mozilla code....you
can read about it at the web site. I've used it for about
a year and a half with no problems....

So We're even, I've used Firefox Nightly 12.0a1 for about the same time and I like it.
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Message 1310909 - Posted: 28 Nov 2012, 4:05:22 UTC - in response to Message 1310825.

An easy way to tell if one has a 64bit XP, Vista or Win7 OS ...

The easiest is to hit Win+Pause :)


Thanks, I didn't know about that key combo, does that work in XP too?

Works in 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
On some laptop keyboards you may need to use Win+Fn+Pause


I just tried it several times on XP Pro and all that happened is the hourglass appeared next to the mouse cursor for a fraction of a second. Could it be because I'm on a non-admin account?

This key combination shows the same info as if you right-click 'My Computer' (on Desktop or in Start Menu)
and choose 'Properties'

Yet another way is to open 'Control Panel' and use 'System'


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Message 1311054 - Posted: 28 Nov 2012, 15:28:28 UTC - in response to Message 1310909.

An easy way to tell if one has a 64bit XP, Vista or Win7 OS ...
The easiest is to hit Win+Pause :)

Thanks, I didn't know about that key combo, does that work in XP too?

I just tried it several times on XP Pro and all that happened is the hourglass appeared next to the mouse cursor for a fraction of a second. Could it be because I'm on a non-admin account?

This key combination shows the same info as if you right-click 'My Computer' (on Desktop or in Start Menu)
and choose 'Properties'

Yet another way is to open 'Control Panel' and use 'System'

Ah, that may explain it. Here at work, if I right click My Computer, I don't get a Properties. My Control Panel only has 13 items in it, and System is not one of them. I'll try it at home.

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Message 1311269 - Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 5:56:36 UTC - in response to Message 1310897.

If I might suggest an alternate browser for your perusal..

PaleMoon

http://www.palemoon.org/

Its a 64bit recompile of the latest Mozilla code....you
can read about it at the web site. I've used it for about
a year and a half with no problems....

But I just tried Palemoon 15.3 x64 and I like it better, it's now My default browser and all 4 of My plugins and extensions work fine and there is a tool that will migrate ones Firefox profile to Palemoon, I used it, it's like I've always been running it and all My extensions are up to date too, so I'm sold.

There is only one problem, bookmarks is unsorted still, there's no popup menu like in 12.0a1 x64.
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