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Updating Firefox

This article continues a series on making use of the Internet adapted from an adult-education Internet course given at the Saugus Senior Center through Saugus.net.

I know in the last article I said in this article we'd start looking at Firefox's features and how to make use of them, but I think that since a new version of Firefox has been released since then it's fortuitous to quickly cover instead how to upgrade Firefox (or by extension pretty much any application) on Windows XP. While various techniques work, the most reliable is the one we'll follow here; the quick summary is:

[Screenshot of the WinXP Control Panel]
  1. Deinstall the old version
  2. Install the new version

Users of other versions of Microsoft Windows can use the same general technique but will see some slight differences (don't expect the screenshots to match), and users of the Macintosh won't have to worry about this type of thing at all as the Mac has drag and drop installations and deinstallations.

[Screenshot of the Add or Remove Programs Window]

The first step is to deinstall the old version of Firefox. This can be achieved by activating the Control Panel option from the start menu. From here you'll be able to select the Add or Remove Programs option.

The resulting window will show you all the well-behaved software currently installed on your computer. Locate the version of Firefox you'd like to remove and click it. It'll get highlighed and its entry will expand to show more information. Click the Change/Remove button to start its removal.

[Screenshot of the WinXP are you sure prompt]

You'll be hit with a typical "Are you sure" prompt. Click the "Yes" button and the deinstall will happen.

Finally, you can download and install the new version (1.0.2 as of this writing) as covered in the first article.


As of version 1.0.3, it's no longer necessary to go through the above mentioned procedure to upgrade Firefox. There's a simpler built-in facility for upgrading that can be used instead. Of course, the above mentioned procedure generally works with all applications in an MS-Windows environment, not just Firefox.

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