How do I install a 2nd but separate thunderbird on same computer

I have a very large and very old Thunderbird with a tremendous amount of emails. I would prefer to simply freeze this version (Auto update is turned off), use it as an archive email source and start anew using the latest version. I do NOT wish to copy any emails at all. Well... if I could copy over this years emails I would do it!! Otherwise I simply want to access these archive emails when necessary. So how do I freeze this version and install a new version on the same machine? Also, can I copy my address book, folder names/structure and email filters without copying emails?

Thank you for your answer. I think your answer may be a step in the right direction. However, when I download a new version of TB it will find what I have and attempt to upgrade TB. I do not want this to happen at all as the 100,000 plus emails I have seems to choke the process. Either that or Windows 8.1 gets in the way of a successful upgrade. Export of address book highly desirable and export of folder structure, email accounts and email filters would be great but no emails. Perhaps I should make a usable copy of what I have, isolate it by changing windows folder names and whatever else needs chaning, and then erase all the emails in the TB that is to be upgraded and THEN upgrade. That would perhaps be the best solution BUT I need to understand how to save the old version, make it usable for archive reading of emails but make it otherwise dormant and making no attempt to download emails.

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