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BillyDick
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Multiple Updates

Whenever Firefox Portable detects a new update, when I open Firefox after the update is complete, Firefox performs the update again!!
Why??

John T. Haller
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Firefox vs Firefox Portable

If you're letting Firefox auto-update inside Firefox Portable, then what's happening is Firefox is using its updated to update itself, the 64-bit Firefox inside Firefox Portable most likely. When Firefox Portable itself is updated via the platform, it's updating the 64-bit and 32-bit Firefox copies inside Firefox Portable as well as Firefox Portable itself (the FirefoxPortable.exe launcher as well as all the other little bits). Sometimes this takes extra time due to bugs or changes and sometimes extra time due to outside influences. At the moment, I'm updating the FirefoxPortable.exe launcher to fix AllowMultipleInstances due to changes in Firefox itself and recovering from a concussion.

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Thanks John for the detailed, though technical reply!!
Although I didn't understand a word you said, I'm of the impression that you are, even with a concussion, attempting to fix the problem!!
I'm hoping the next update will only happen once!

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Think of it kinda like a container. Firefox Portable contains our FirefoxPortable.exe launcher (handles portablizing) and a copy of Firefox 32-bit and Firefox 64-bit. Firefox's built-in updater only understands itself. So, if you're running Firefox Portable on a 64-bit version of Windows and let Firefox update itself, it'll just update itself... Firefox 64-bit. The other pieces of Firefox Portable (our launcher and Firefox 32-bit) won't get updated until a new full Firefox Portable package is installed, usually as you update via the PA.c Platform.

If you're confused on Firefox 32-bit vs 64-bit, Windows 7 and 10 users are running either a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows with the 32-bit version usually only used on older PCs. 64-bit is the future and Windows 11 is only available as 64-bit. A 32-bit copy of Firefox will run on both. A 64-bit copy of Firefox will only run on a 64-bit copy of Windows but will perform better and can access more memory for more complex stuff.

If you're wondering why updating our launcher is important, Firefox changes over different versions in terms of how it stores data and the work I need to do to make sure it's all portable. Today's 119.0 release, for example, fixes a bug for advanced users who want to run two different versions of Firefox at the same time and be able to associate files with the FirefoxPortable.exe launcher so you can double click on an HTML file and have it open up: https://portableapps.com/node/69514

For later releases, I recommend ignoring the Firefox internal update notification and waiting for the Firefox Portable version release. It usually comes out the same day. It was just late this time due to me attempting to work through the linked bug while recovering from a concussion.

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Update notication

@john. Or anyone else out there with an idea.First really appreciate all your great work.Now my question. I always wait for the portable app platform app updates to come out but the firefox update notifications are really annoying. As I am not very educated in this kind of stuff is there some way to disable these notifications? Maybe writing something to the ini file perhaps or some other way.Tk's.

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