Hi there jadynsdad!
The best way to backup your Mozilla email is to create a full backup
of your Mozilla profile, and then copy it to the same place once
you've reinstalled XP.
Here's how to do that! Firstly, take a note of two things:
* The version of Mozilla you are using right now.
* Your Windows XP username.
Now, make a full backup of all the files contained at this location:
C:\Documents and Settings\YOURUSERNAME\Application Data\Mozilla
How you do this depends on what backup solution you're using, but
simply burning this folder and all files and folders within it to a CD
would work just fine. Please note that you should replace YOURUSERNAME
with your actual Windows username on the system (for example, John).
I'd also recommend making a couple of duplicate backups, for safety's
Once you've made this backup, you can then proceed to reinstall
Windows XP. Make sure to recreate a user with the same name as before.
Once this is complete, you must reinstall the same version of Mozilla
that you were using before (get it from: http://mozilla.org/releases/
Then, simply copy the files from your backup to where they were
originally (if it prompts you to overwrite any files, that's fine to
do so). Running Mozilla should then present you with exactly the same
email as before (as well as retaining all your old settings!).
I hope this helps. If anything's unclear, or needs further detail,
then please don't hesitate to request clarification before rating this
Searched for "mozilla backup" on Google. I also have a good working
knowledge of Mozilla from personal experience. You can see how Mozilla
profiles work here: