Features/Desktop/Firefox reset option on reinstall
|Status note||Firefox approach ready to proceed. NSIS approach dependent on the stub installer and would require new mockups for it.|
|Product manager||Asa Dotzler|
|Directly Responsible Individual||Michael Verdi|
|Lead engineer||Robert Strong|
|UX lead||Madhava Enros|
|Product marketing lead||`|
|Additional members||Matthew Noorenberghe|
Decide on one of the two approaches in stage 3.
Stage 1: Definition
1. Feature overview
The Firefox Reset is effective in fixing many issues involving the profile folder including removing unwanted add-ons and resetting the preferences that they have changed. Currently this feature is hidden in about:support and making it discoverable without a trip to the support site could help millions of Firefox users recover from issues that make Firefox unusable.
A bug has been filed for this work: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=750979
2. Users & use cases
A user determines that "something" is wrong with Firefox, so they attempt to fix it by reinstalling. When Firefox (or the installer) detects that the same version of Firefox already exists on the computer it will offer the option to repair Firefox by resetting it to its default state.
Stage 2: Design
5. Functional specification
6. User experience design
Stage 3: Planning
7. Implementation plan
There are two major approaches:
- Firefox itself detects the re-install. (Cross-platform and written in JS)
- Firefox can remember file modification times and the last version used to detect a re-install.
- The Windows installer detects the re-install. (Windows-only using NSIS)
Quality Assurance review
Stage 4: Development
Stage 5: Release
10. Landing criteria
|Theme / Goal||`|
Team status notes