Copying browsers and their bookmarks.


jro11

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It's finally time for me to reinstall Windows11 on this machine.
The current state of affairs of this machine is
a) An incredible number of useless data files created by OneDrive
b) A copy of Google Drive that has, on its own, decided to chew away over 8GB (and continuing) and can't be eradicated from the drive.
c) Horrible memories of Windows11, OneDrive, and Google Drive gone wild.
d) My latest Outlook.pst file. It's not clean, but without this I will lose all my contacts, emails, calendar events, etc. I'm only hoping Outlook 2010 (pre-365) will be able to read and use this .pst file.
e) The Microsoft Office 365 slew of applications. I'm hope Outlook 2010 will open Office365 data files. In other words, I'm hoping MSOffice365 data files are backwards Compatible.
I have copied off this machine my Folder/File-based 'database' of files, Internet shortcuts, etc. relating to practically everything I own and software I've installed or need to repair.

The problem I'm worried about now are my three most useful browsers:
1) Firefox (and the 3000+ tabs its extension (the best browser tab extension I have ever experienced!!) Bookmark search plus 2.
2) Chrome with its ability to create multiple tab/folder Profiles (I'm productively using 16 of them)
3) Edge with its ability to quickly create, edit, search and selectively re-open Internet/history pages.
(note: for me, passwords related to browser issues are not a problem the Internet sites I look at anyone's free to see)

b e c a u s e these days it seems you can no longer simply EXPORT and then IMPORT your treasured bookmarks from/into these three browsers.
Instead (and I hope I'm wrong, but I've not found any information to the contrary) it seems computer software designers see to think their users are so one-dimensional and myopic that the developers cannot imagine that they would want to have anything other than completely synchronized bookmarks, over all their browsers. (How this is accomplished I can not imagine. After syncing all my Firefox tabs would I have to tab through a couple mile long stream of letters to get from one end of my tabs to the other?)

Questions:
- RE: Firefox: Will placing my
current C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox directory in my new C:\Program Files directory solve the Firefox problem.
- Within C:\Program Files\ there is a Google Directory 1704947583826.png. Within that is 1704947298860.png Chrome: 1704947390790.png then 1704947435361.png etc...
Google/Data File Stream looks like this:1704947717077.png

2) RE: Chrome (and Data File Stream): Will replacing the new Google directory with my current one carry with it, intact, my current "Chrome and all its Profile apps"
3) Are the MSOffice365 apps backward compatible enough to read/convert/edit under MSOffice 2010?
 

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    Dell Inc. Inspiron 16 7610
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    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
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    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
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    16GB
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    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
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    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
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    Chrome (Chrome profiles), Firefox (Bookmark Search Plus2), Edge (History page), Opera (annoying)
    Antivirus
    WinDefender
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    Win11
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    Win10
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    self
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B75M-D3H
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    8068 MB Usable Installed Memory
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    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
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    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
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    Chrome, Firefox, Tor, Brave, Opera, etc.
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    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
@jro11

In Firefox, for book marks...
Bookmarks > Manage Bookmarks > Import and Backup > Export Bookmarks to HTML

And then on the new install...
Bookmarks > Manage Bookmarks > Import and Backup > Import Bookmarks from HTML


That's the only browser I use, and I don't use extensions.


Firefox also stores a lot of stuff in the...
C:\Users\ <account name> \AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default-release folder.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3447 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
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    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
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    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
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    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
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    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
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    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
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    Logitech Optical M-100
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    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
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    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
Firefox also stores a lot of stuff in the...
Quick question. I have a tab open to this 'page' on both Edge and Chrome (the Chrome Profile devoted to Win10 Win11 forums. 1704952972298.pngWhen I close this program (Edge) or Chrome without closing the tab, OR when I switch to another tab without closing this tab and you go to this page do you see Jro11 as a User who is viewing this thread?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11, (Linux Mint)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inc. Inspiron 16 7610
    CPU
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop (small) and 1 or 2 external monitors
    Screen Resolution
    -
    Hard Drives
    PC711 NVMe SK hynix 1TB 1.02 TB NVMe ANB2N582412102F0G_0001
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    fan
    Keyboard
    External!
    Mouse
    External
    Internet Speed
    -
    Browser
    Chrome (Chrome profiles), Firefox (Bookmark Search Plus2), Edge (History page), Opera (annoying)
    Antivirus
    WinDefender
    Other Info
    Win11
  • Operating System
    Win10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    self
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B75M-D3H
    Memory
    8068 MB Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 Displays
    Screen Resolution
    n/a
    Hard Drives
    SSD and others (internal and external)
    Case
    Desktop
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    External
    Keyboard
    External
    Browser
    Chrome, Firefox, Tor, Brave, Opera, etc.
    Antivirus
    Win Defender
    Other Info
    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
All 3 browsers have sync ability. If you turn on sync within each browser in old installation, once you clean install and reinstall the browsers and turn on sync in the new installation, all your bookmarks will automatically show up. Syncs all bookmarks, history and add-ons.

Or for just your bookmarks, you can manually export and import as Ghot said.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3296
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Thank you both. Ghot, I'd forgotten that importing bookmarks was a process that employed Importing the .html version of bookmarks that had been Exported (rather than .json, for example).

https://www.tomsguide.com/how-to/how-to-export-chrome-bookmarks#:~:text=How to export Chrome bookmarks to Firefox and,browser and choose Bookmarks, then ... More items , seems an excellent article (most Tom's Guide articles are) about how bookmarks can be passed around among browsers through the sync process. Besides not wanting my bookmarks in one browser invading another browser (I use each browser for a specific reason relevant to most of the bookmarks stored on that browser.) I would never want to be dealing with all my personal bookmarks, work bookmarks, research bookmarks, etc., etc., etc budding in on each other. (not to mention having to contend with a single browser not to mention having a task manager using up all computer memory because of a plethora's plethora worth of the critters.

Since reality has changed and now every browser either wants to have every other browsers bookmarks, or they each want to give away their bookmarks to any other browser, I still don't have the answer I need. However, I'm now thinking the answer might lie in simply exporting bookmarks as .html and later importing them back into the browser from whence they came. Still would like to talk to someone who has gone through this process with Chrome Profiles (not the single Chrome Browser but the Chrome browser that can be split into individual Chrome Profiles.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11, (Linux Mint)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inc. Inspiron 16 7610
    CPU
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop (small) and 1 or 2 external monitors
    Screen Resolution
    -
    Hard Drives
    PC711 NVMe SK hynix 1TB 1.02 TB NVMe ANB2N582412102F0G_0001
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    fan
    Keyboard
    External!
    Mouse
    External
    Internet Speed
    -
    Browser
    Chrome (Chrome profiles), Firefox (Bookmark Search Plus2), Edge (History page), Opera (annoying)
    Antivirus
    WinDefender
    Other Info
    Win11
  • Operating System
    Win10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    self
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B75M-D3H
    Memory
    8068 MB Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 Displays
    Screen Resolution
    n/a
    Hard Drives
    SSD and others (internal and external)
    Case
    Desktop
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    External
    Keyboard
    External
    Browser
    Chrome, Firefox, Tor, Brave, Opera, etc.
    Antivirus
    Win Defender
    Other Info
    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
You're missing the point I think. Browsers do not sync with other browsers. Browsers work independently of each other.They sync with the same browser across multiple devices/browser installations. If you do not understand how it works, then the old export/import method is what you should use. I don't use Chrome so can't help you there but do have a couple of profiles in Edge with each profile synced. Browser settings, bookmarks, history, extensions, everything is always exactly the same when I switch devices
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3296
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
You're missing the point I think. Browsers do not sync with other browsers. Browsers work independently of each other.They sync with the same browser across multiple devices/browser installations. If you do not understand how it works, then the old export/import method is what you should use. I don't use Chrome so can't help you there but do have a couple of profiles in Edge with each profile synced. Browser settings, bookmarks, history, extensions, everything is always exactly the same when I switch devices
Really?? (I have to walk the dog now but will check on myself when I return.) I'm seeing claims (in Chrome areas, since Chrome is my concern at the moment) that I can sync Chrome bookmarks with the other major (Firefox, Edge) browsers, and vice versa.
the old export/import method is what you should use
though most Browsers do allow you to export (most importable format is .html), Chrome, despite claiming to have an export function see: Move or export bookmarks to another browser no longer does. I'm going to post this as a separate thread.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11, (Linux Mint)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inc. Inspiron 16 7610
    CPU
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop (small) and 1 or 2 external monitors
    Screen Resolution
    -
    Hard Drives
    PC711 NVMe SK hynix 1TB 1.02 TB NVMe ANB2N582412102F0G_0001
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    fan
    Keyboard
    External!
    Mouse
    External
    Internet Speed
    -
    Browser
    Chrome (Chrome profiles), Firefox (Bookmark Search Plus2), Edge (History page), Opera (annoying)
    Antivirus
    WinDefender
    Other Info
    Win11
  • Operating System
    Win10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    self
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B75M-D3H
    Memory
    8068 MB Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 Displays
    Screen Resolution
    n/a
    Hard Drives
    SSD and others (internal and external)
    Case
    Desktop
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    External
    Keyboard
    External
    Browser
    Chrome, Firefox, Tor, Brave, Opera, etc.
    Antivirus
    Win Defender
    Other Info
    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
the old export/import method is what you should use
though most Browsers do allow you to export (most importable format is .html), Chrome, despite claiming to have an export function see: Move or export bookmarks to another browser no longer does. I'm going to post this as a separate thread.

I'm wrong on this. Please disregard

I also have, repeatedly, misread what I believed to be claims for being able to smoothly sync bookmarks across multiple browsers.
There are however apps, xBrowserSync and Eversync, that claim to make browser-to-another browser syncing a smoother process.
How to Sync Bookmarks Across Multiple Browsers

sorry.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11, (Linux Mint)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inc. Inspiron 16 7610
    CPU
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop (small) and 1 or 2 external monitors
    Screen Resolution
    -
    Hard Drives
    PC711 NVMe SK hynix 1TB 1.02 TB NVMe ANB2N582412102F0G_0001
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    fan
    Keyboard
    External!
    Mouse
    External
    Internet Speed
    -
    Browser
    Chrome (Chrome profiles), Firefox (Bookmark Search Plus2), Edge (History page), Opera (annoying)
    Antivirus
    WinDefender
    Other Info
    Win11
  • Operating System
    Win10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    self
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B75M-D3H
    Memory
    8068 MB Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 Displays
    Screen Resolution
    n/a
    Hard Drives
    SSD and others (internal and external)
    Case
    Desktop
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    External
    Keyboard
    External
    Browser
    Chrome, Firefox, Tor, Brave, Opera, etc.
    Antivirus
    Win Defender
    Other Info
    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
It's finally time for me to reinstall Windows11 on this machine.


If you are going to re-install Windows, to clean things up... don't sync anything.
You'll just be syncing any problems as well.

Install everything... fresh. Make some temp backups (during the process), as well.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3447 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
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