How To Recover Lost Tabs After Update

I just manually installed the latest version of Brave – because Brave would not let me update in the regular manner – I lost all my previously opened browser tabs.

I do have a copy of the Brave Browser folder from the old version of Brave on a flash drive.

How do I reclaim my previously open browser tabs from before the update?

Using Windows 10, 64 bit

If you still have the previous profile, it would probably be best to re-install the previous version of Brave, restore your profile, and then proceed to update the browser in the normal, supported manner. When you manually install the browser, you may also be creating a new profile with new data. If you encounter an issue when updating, we can certainly assist you in addressing and resolving that issue.

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I have a copy of the old Brave-Browser folder with the User Data folder in it. How do I re-install the previous version of Brave from that?

I believe that v1.62.153 was the last version before the latest — you can find that release on our Github here (you’ll want the BraveBrowserSetup.exe file):

Thanks Mattches.

I had Brave v 1.14.84

When I tried to update the normal way I would get: "An error occurred while checking for updates: Update check failed to start (error code 3: 0x80040154 – system level).

Learn more

Version 1.14.84 Chromium: 85.0.4183.121 (Official Build) (64-bit)"

So I had to update manually.

I’ll look for Version 1.14.84 on github and reinstall it… unless you have a better idea.

Not finding Version 1.14.84 Chromium: 85.0.4183.121 (Official Build) (64-bit). Not a pro at this stuff. Would you be able to find it?

See You’ll want to download the Standalone Setup. Hope this helps!

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It takes me to this page:

When I choose: BraveBrowserSetup.exe it downloads the latest version of Brave.

How do I get the v1.14.84 to download?

How do I restore my profile from the previous version of Brave?



Right Click on the Link and Select "Go to"

Download of the setup file will begin instantly and you will be able to install the specific Brave Version of your request offline.

The File which you are using Right now BraveBrowsersetup.exe which is less than 5MB is an online installer and it will always install the Latest Available/Released version… So you need to use the StandaloneSilentSetup.exe

Make sure you disable your Network before you run the Standalonesilentsetup.exe

  1. open Notepad
  2. copy the following code and save it as Networkhelper.bat file
@echo off 

title Network Helper
echo           ********************* Network Helper *********************

REM This batch file disables and enables all network adapters using PowerShell commands

REM Disable all network adapters 
echo Instructing Windows to Disable All Network Adapters 
timeout /t 10 /nobreak >nul 
powershell -Command "Get-NetAdapter | Disable-NetAdapter -Confirm:$false" 

echo Done, All Network adapters were successfully disabled. 
echo All Adapters will be automatically Enabled after 60 minutes
REM Wait for 60 minutes
echo Status: Waiting
echo Waiting for 60 minutes..

echo          ***************** Do Not Close this Window *****************
timeout /t 3600 /nobreak >nul

REM Enable all network adapters 
echo Instructing Windows to Enable all Network Adapters..
echo Working..
powershell -Command "Get-NetAdapter | Enable-NetAdapter" 
timeout /t 4 /nobreak >nul
echo Done, All Network adapters enabled.

timeout /t 2 /nobreak >nul

echo This window will automatically close in 90 seconds or hit Enter to exit now.

echo (C) Microsoft Corporation. All Rights reserved.

timeout /t 90 >nul
if %errorlevel% equ 1 exit

Run this Networkhelper.bat file and minimize this command prompt window while it starts showing “Do Not close this window”

After it shown the confirmation of “All Network adapters were successfully disabled”, then proceed with the installation of the Previous version of the Brave Browser.

This batch file will automatically Enable your network adapters after 60 minutes… If you want cmd to enable your adapters sooner, You should manually edit timeout /t 3600 /nobreak >nul to timeout /t 300 /nobreak >nul for network adapters to be Enabled automatically after 5 minutes.

Only Run the offline setup while Network Adapters were disabled and Make sure the timeframe which you specify in the above batch file is Good Enough to Complete your Recovery Process.

Use the Expander to See Full Code

This is great. Thanks.
I have the old version of Brave (v1.14.84) on my machine again.
And I still have a backup copy of the Brave-Browser folder from v1.14.84 from before Brave was deleted from my computer (it is saved on a flash drive).
The Brave-Browser folder only has one folder in it called “User Data”.
Within the User Data folder is a whole bunch of folders and files.

  1. Which file do I use to recovery my old browser tabs?
  2. And what exactly do I do with that file in order to cause the tab recovery process to happen?

OK, I tried the following first: What I did was: uninstall brave (used Revo uninstaller to get all the stray files deleted), install the old version as standalonesilent, close brave immediately after the installation automatically opens it, copy the old brave-browser folder from flash drive to the c: drive brave folder, open brave, it asks you if you want to restore old browser tabs, said yes. It worked twice in a row. All tabs and tab history came back up perfectly.

So I was back to square one (after wasting 5+ hours on this mess).

Then I hit the About Brave button to see if it would update now – it updated and said I need to reload Brave in order to finish the update. So I hit the reload button. The browser closed automatically and tried to automatically open itself again. A white screen flashed up and disappeared immediately. Brave now wouldn’t open at all.

So I started the installation process stated above all over again. It worked great. I decided to settle on using the the old version of Brave, since I did have all my browser tabs loaded. Closed the browser, turned the computer off.

Tried to open Brave again this morning. Got the white, blank screen that flashed up and disappeared immediately. Now, after all that I can’t start Brave at all.

All the previous tabs are loaded into the browser. Why won’t Brave open?

  1. Bookmark all open tabs
  2. Export Bookmarks and Passwords
  3. Take Screenshot of your Extensions List or Follow the method which is shared here
  1. Unistall Brave using Iobit Uninstaller
  2. Restart PC
  3. Run this batch file

7. Instead of installing old version 1st and letting it update to the Latest version, use standalonesilentsetup.exe of Latest version from GitHub or download it from

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