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Error launching browser window:no XBL binding for browser


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Mozilla Firefox is known for being much safer than other browsers, but sometimes you can get some strange error messages, in most cases because of incompatible extensions. Still, there is no need to despair, it is very easy to fix them.

You can get this particular error message - Error launching browser window:no XBL binding for browser - after installing an extension or after you've updated to a newer version either the program or the extension.

Error launching browser window:no XBL binding for browser

In my case it was an incompatibility in Google Pagerank Status, but then again, this is just an example.

How to fix it

First, you need to open Firefox in Safe mode. If you didn't delete the links in the Start Menu when you installed it, you have a direct link to the Safe mode version there. But if you did, it's very easy to do it manually.

Just go to Start -> Run and in there type "cmd". This will get you into Command prompt. From there, go to the directory where you installed Firefox (usually C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox) as shown in the picture: use CD to change directory (you can use the TAB key to auto complete a directory name or file to make it faster), DIR to see the files and directory in the specified location. (You can also change drives if you need with : , for example: D: ).

cd Mozilla Firefox --safe-mode

Once you are in the Firefox directory type: firefox.exe --safe-mode

After you get into safe mode, all you have to do is go to Tools -> Extensions in the menu, select the extension which caused problems and uninstall it.

Firefox extensions

Restart your browser and all should be working fine again.

Posted by: Indy on September 16, 2006 at 07:07.

» Comments

works wonders
Just worked wonders for me. Once in safemode I only had to update all my extensions instead of deleting the I don't know which one that stucked firefox. Restart FF and no more error message.

Posted by RWolf on October 9, 2006 at 09:32 PM.

XBL Binding Error fixed
Great! Thanks! The only problem was that I keep thinking I was doing DOS (circa 1980s) and then paid more attention to the quotes. ;-)

Posted by Shemaya on January 10, 2007 at 04:08 PM.

Updating the extensions worked for me too.
Thanks for the tips guys

Posted by andy on May 10, 2007 at 12:29 AM.

nice fix
thank you very much - no problems after that!
there's also the mozilla link:

Posted by b h on September 13, 2007 at 12:53 AM.

Good. All those using windows are happy with the tip. what about me using Apple computer and I got the same message when tried to open FF. Any solution?

Posted by Rao Madhavapeddy on February 17, 2008 at 06:55 PM.

Great work
easy and efficient tutorial

Posted by Jean on April 8, 2009 at 09:27 PM.

still get the same error
after following all you instructed above, i still get the same error message..

Posted by Erin on October 3, 2009 at 03:18 AM.

same error...
when i run firefox in safe mode i get the same error

Posted by teho on January 14, 2010 at 08:40 PM.

I have a windows and i tried opening Firefox safe-mode but the window won't even open before I get the same message...

Posted by Liz on May 29, 2010 at 03:39 PM.

Thank you. it's works!

Posted by Jay on July 3, 2010 at 11:37 AM.

problems fixed
all i had to do was re-install it.

Posted by Alex on November 8, 2010 at 12:36 AM.

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