Windows 10: Firefox 64-bit is now available to download
I don't know why Mozilla has been so reserved with the Windows x64 version of Firefox. 64-bit FF has been around for Linux for a long time, and those of us who have been using the pre-release builds, dev builds, or unofficial builds have had good results with it for Windows, but it took them YEARS to release it... and now that they have, they're very reticent about it. I don't know what they are waiting for to make it available to people who aren't "in the know."
I switched from Firefox x86 to Pale Moon a long time ago, when PM was still using the Firefox profiles. When they started using their own (like Cyberfox), it was no big deal to copy the data over, but when PM started using its own application GUID, a lot of the addons I won't do without no longer worked. That was when I discovered/switched to Waterfox (and Cyberfox; I tried both and found little difference, other than that CF released updated versions of the browser much quicker).
When Firefox x64 finally made it to the beta channel, I gave that a try instead, and I discovered that in the Peacekeeper benchmark, it outperformed Waterfox (despite Waterfox using the faster Intel compiler, which they tout as an advantage) and Cyberfox (despite them having an Intel-optimized build), and Pale Moon was far behind the three other browsers.
I never had any problems with the beta builds of FF x64 in terms of bugs or general crashiness, and I used them from the first few days they were available. Contrast that to the release version of Firefox (x86), which crashed several times a day because of memory limitations (as revealed by some automatic Firefox restarter addon, which would detect when contiguous memory was getting low and give a warning... if I did not allow it to restart FF, it would always crash soon after that). The "unstable" 64-bit version they were being so cautious about was such a massive improvement over the "stable" release version... I never understood why they were being so slow and tentative with 64-bit, especially since they already had 64-bit in Linux, and I think Mac OSX too.
As far as Australis and Cyberfox... CF simply bundles Classic Theme Restorer, or "CTF" as it is called during installation.
I noticed Cyberfox comes out with the 42.01 right after the 42.00 came out and immediately saw the prompt for the updated version. That was likely to fix a last minute bug someone ran across to see that happen.
Mozilla held off on the 64bit FF coming out waiting to see how Waterfox as well as the other offspring would progress along. Waterfox 40 and FF 42 x64 are identical in everything but name leading to me to believe they simply grabbed the WF 40 and renamed it once they accepted the results.
The other thing to make note of here is that the 64bit flashplayer for Opera, Firefox, and Safari still seen was for the 32bit flavor only up until about a year ago. In years past you couldn't do much with the 64bit IE either for that reason. Everything browser wise was still 32bit written in stone until something had to break!
Firefox Nightly (64bit) adds a "Profiles UI" with a few nice features.
Simply type about:profiles into an empty tab and press Enter.
I'm on a new notebook that came with Windows 10... I simply canīt work seriously in Edge, so I was using Chrome 47 but I definitely need Firefox too.
Firefox 42 x64 all the way !
For the record -
The current release build for 32-bit and 64-bit is 43.0.3, available here:
How to Remove Firefox Search Bar:
I didn't like the Firefox Search Bar. I rarely used it. It takes up valuable real estate that can be used by other ADD-ONS Icons. I do all my searches directly in Bing or Google.
To remove the Firefox Search Bar (this actually just moves it and stores it away, you can bring it back),
-Click on the upper right menu icon (three lines).
-Left Click, Hold and Drag the Firefox Search Bar down to the Additional Tools and Features area. It will be saved there in case you want to bring it back.
-Click EXIT CUSTOMIZE.
The Firefox Search Bar is now gone and the space can be used to add additional ADD-ONS Icons.
If you want the Firefox Search Bar back, just drag it back to the original place after clicking CUSTOMIZE.
Despite the rave I was hearing a few months back by some I didn't Edge as the type of browser that would adequately serve the needs here and have since almos totally forgotten about even following up on it. In the long run it might just prove to be far more secure as well as stable then IE ever thought of being but as I could say not my "cup of tea" or java!
Lately with the latest Waterfox crashing and FF 42 also doing the same I had set Cyberfox 42 as the default since that is very close almost identical having been derived from FF and Mozilla as well as also being a 64bit browser there. It seems after so long or when you go through versions too fast problems come up! First it was with IE constantly locking when having multiple windows open and recenly WF acted up where Cyberfox is default while FF 42 crashed now showing 43 available.
The search bar isn't actually any different in FF as it would be found in Waterfox, CyberFox, and even IE 11. It simply sits to the right of the address bar and can be dragged to a smaller size while stretching the address bar over a bit. While Bing is the first bookmark I still occasionally won't bother going to Bing first and simply type in what I will be looking for in the small text box there. Actually Cyberfox tends to be more cramped there then FF 42! I have only three menu bar icons to the right of that on Cyberfox while having seven items on the FF 42 menu bar. You adjust those in the Customize screen by dragging or removing items to set which ones you want on the bar itself. That will compress the search box as well.
the TOR browser ( a variant of FF) has been available in 64 bit variety for Windows for ages now -- I'm surprised FF 64 bit (vanilla version) took so long to appear for Windows. It's also been around in 64 bit format for Linux for ages too. I can't see any inherent difficulty in seeing why it took so long to appear for W10.
Silly question more than likely but how do you know if you have the 64 bit version of Firefox?
I'd imagine if it says 64 bit download then that's what it is - especially as it's a different download for 32 bit.
I suppose if you really want to examine the code then that's up to you. I can't be bothered to go that far though !!! -- If the browser works properly on whatever system I'm running I don't care if they call it the ZERO or even the DONKEY bit version !!!!!.
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