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Running Firefox from a Network Drive

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By Ralf Krüger

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Posted: 4 Nov 2004
 

Here's a simple Application Object for running Firefox Internet Browser from a Network Drive.

  1. Install Firefox on a network drive ( eg. N:\firefox )
  2. Edit N:\Firefox\greprefs\all.js for generating correct settings for Proxy,....
    -eg.: pref("network.proxy.autoconfig_url","http://tecnet/proxy.pac"); pref("network.proxy.type",2); -
  3. Create Application Object for Firefox and Registry-Settings:
    1. Create a simple application object pointing to n:\firefox\firefox.exe
    2. Import the registry-keys for firefox from a reg file. Needed Registry Keys are: -HKLM/Software/Mozilla/Mozilla Firefox/ geckover=1.01
    3. HKLM/Software/Mozilla/Mozilla Firefox/bin PathToExe=n:\firefox\firefox.exe -HKLM/Software/Mozilla/Mozilla Firefox/extensions components=n:\firefox\components plugins=n:\firefox\plugins
  4. Copy additional needed plugins and Components to the corresponding location ( N:\fire.... )
    N:\Firefox can be set read-only for all users.

Example

Exported Reg-File below

REGEDIT4

// Registry file generated by the Application Launcher.

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\ShimInclusionList]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\ShimInclusionList\FIREFOX.EXE]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mozilla]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mozilla\Mozilla Firefox]
"GeckoVer"="1.0.1"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mozilla\Mozilla Firefox\bin]
"PathToExe"="N:\\Firefox\\firefox.exe" 

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mozilla\Mozilla Firefox\Extensions]
"Components"="N:\\Firefox\\Components" 
"Plugins"="N:\\Firefox\\Plugins" 

[HKEY_USERS]

[HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG]

[HKEY_DYN_DATA]

Article in German: http://www.rksystems.de/firefox-zen.htm


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