I’ve been following the Talkback forum on the new Firefox release and it seems that the users who are having problems with the new release are those that were using test versions (aka nightly builds) and then installed the new version without first removing the unstable software.
After using the new version for a week I have not experienced any problems. I’m not sure if it’s necessary but I uninstalled 1.0 before installing the new 1.0.1 version. You don’t need to worry about your preferences or your bookmarks, all those things are stored in a separate directory and will not be touched by the upgrade. Version 1.0.1 will use all the same customisations you had prior to the upgrade with the only exception of extensions, if you’ve installed any (extensions are small add-ons to the browser that give it extra functionality, sort of like many of the pop-up blockers or the Yahoo toolbar for Internet Explorer).
So, go to www.getfirefox.com, click on Free Download and save the file to your hard drive. You could just install it over the top of your old version but I recommend going to Add/Remove Programs and uninstalling the old version first (this should only take a minute or two). Once you install the new Firefox you’re ready to surf the web with all your same preferences, stored passwords, bookmarks, etc. If you have any trouble drop me a line (email terry at this domain) and I’ll help you work it out.
Update (3/15/2005): I successfully installed Firefox 1.0.1 over the top of 1.0 just after posting this blog. I’ve been using it daily for just over a week and have not experienced any glitches or problems.