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|Netscape 6/7 Profile Location
By default, Netscape profiles are stored in different places on different platforms. Users may also choose a directory (or folder) in which to store their profile data.
For Netscape 6 and 7, the default profile and registry storage are stored in the directories (or called folders) are shown in the table below. Paths to the Mozilla directory vary among platforms.
The mozilla directory always contains the following:
* The profile registry (name varies among platforms)
* A directory called Profiles
The Profiles directory contains one or more directories whose names correspond to Netscape profiles (shown as profile_name in table below).
Each of these directories includes another directory whose name is composed of random numbers and letters (shown as salted_name (*****.slt) in table below). (side issue: why use random numbers and letters?)
For Windows platforms, your Windows login name is referred as user_name.
Important: The directory Application Data may be hidden on some Windows platforms (such as Windows 2000 and XP). If this is the case, the user should follow these steps to see it:
1. Open the View menu for the Mozilla directory and choose Options.
2. Click the View tab.
3. Under Hidden Options, click "Show all files".
Netscape 6/7 Profile Location (sorted by Platform)
Windows 2000/Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\profile_name\salted_name
Windows 95/Windows 98
(If Windows login password protection is disabled)
(If Windows login password protection is enabled)
Macintosh OS 8.6-9.1
boot_disk:System Folder:Preferences:Mozilla Registry
Macintosh OS X
to find where $HOME is pointing to. (The registry and profiles are in $HOME/.mozilla)
Note: Netscape 6.0 and 6.01 profiles are stored in a directory ~\Users50 instead of ~\Profiles
Side issue, why would Netscape use random numbers and letters?
It is to provide the security of your private data, by using the random numbers and letters, hackers are harder to guess which directory you used to store your data.
We recommend you getting latest Netscape for security updates.
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