Re: Thunderbird help needed


Your message shows why it is so much more advantageous to use Thunderbird portable. Simply make a copy of the program every time it works correctly after an update. If the next update causes problems, you don't have to trouble shoot. All you have to do is delete the copy you use, then copy the backup copy to the location where you keep the copy of the program you run.

Also, the program will download your mail if you use an IMAP account.. It won't if you use a POP3 account.

When using Thunderbird portable with a POP3 account, making a backup copy before you upgrade will ensure that you lose no mail. Set the program not to update automatically but to tell you when an update is available. You can make a backup copy before you update and not worry about losing any mail with a POP3 account in that way.

I see no advantage in using the installed version. I am not aware of anything the installed version does that the portable version doesn't do.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jaffar Sidek
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2020 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Thunderbird help needed

Hi. Sometimes Thunderbird misbehaves after an update due to your Mail database being corrupted through some process or other. There are two Profile folders in your your Thunderbird installation, one in your User\[Name]\AppData\Local, and the other in your User\[Name]\AppData\Roaming. Short of a repair or a reinstallation, Delete these folders, then restart your pc. Start your Thunderbird and reset your accounts. Thunderbird will redownload all your emails on whatever email server you are subscribed to, plus it will recreate your profile, reset all your mail settings to the default. Then just tweak thunderbird the way you like it to work, and if your installation is not too damaged, Thunderbird will work as it should. Cheers!

On 1/11/2020 1:07 am, Brian Vogel wrote:

By the way, this same issue has been raised on the NVDA group, and there are now a number of replies saying, "I'm not having that issue." So, I'll say here what I said there . . .

As a general approach, when I hear people saying, "I'm not having a problem," while I am:

1. I do a repair install, if such is available, or download the latest installer and do an install-over install. This will often correct a problem induced by a "burp" during a software update.

2. If Step 1 does not work, then an uninstall of the offending software, a system restart, then a reinstall using the latest installer, which I download before starting the process. In many cases, and Thunderbird is one of those, uninstalling does not remove user settings unless you specify it do so. So after a reinstall your accounts, etc., are still there.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041

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