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Old 04-05-2011, 10:54 AM   #1
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Making Firefox 4 look as though it's on a windows machine


When I had Firefox 3.6 on both my desktop and laptop, after reading a how-to, I changed the desktop config so it looked, to websites, as though Firefox was running on a windows machine. I needed that because some websites still believe there is only one operating system (for the most part those are government run sites).

Does anybody know how to change the config in Firefox 4 to make it look as though it is running on a windows machine?
 
Old 04-05-2011, 12:21 PM   #2
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Enter about:config in the URL bar and set the property "general.useragent.override" to whatever you want.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...&aqi=&aql=&oq=
 
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:24 PM   #3
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You could use the user agent switcher.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...gent-switcher/

Kind regards
 
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:31 PM   #4
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repo & MTK358,

A quick thank you, both links helped. Hopefully, the User Agent Switcher will work as stated (even if I've got to switch before each log-on).
 
Old 04-05-2011, 02:11 PM   #5
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I used to have this problem (years ago) and used konqueror's "report browser as ...." option, but a polite email to the sites involved, gently pointing out the problems (not everybody runs windows, or uses IE) and suggesting that locking out non-windows users might hurt their business prospects in the long term, very quickly fixed things.

Smart businesses know how to operate. Dumb businesses wake up when this is pointed out to them.

I haven't needed "user agent switcher" or other devices for about five years, but I live in Europe, which is not quite so MS-centric as some other places.

Best wishes.
 
Old 04-07-2011, 10:47 AM   #6
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tredegar,

Yes, your approach will work with businesses. Most businesses will adapt in order to survive. But, it's a totally different beast when dealing with the US government websites. User agent switcher did satisfy their demands, though.

Thanks for your input.
 
  


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