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Dreamweaver CS3 Just Will Not Run Anymore

Apr 11, 2012 7:28 AM

Tags: #cs3 #dreamweaver

I haven't had any issues running Dreamweaver CS3 until this morning. It just won't run.
I use Windows 7 SP1 64bit
But like I said everything ran fine last night and has been running fine since I installed it a couple years ago.

I've google searched and adobe searched for reasons but am finding nothing that works.

I've tried removing the, WinFileCache-xxxxx.dat file per one crash page. That didn't help

I've tried running as administrator, that didn't help, and didn't need to prior.

I don't have that pesky css bug because I don't use it as a server, I just update pages and FTP myself through a different program.

I'm not getting any Crash error messages... it just simply will not start.
My Process Manager in my Task Manager shows everytime I am starting it, so I know it's "trying" to run. Dreamweaver.exe *32



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    Apr 13, 2012 12:45 PM   in reply to wyldwylly

    Tech support stops helping after newer versions are released and they would only support the suppoted operating systems.  CS3's system requirements does not include Windows 7.  CS5 was the first version to support Windows 7. 


    Back to your problem though.  One thing I see that you have not tried is using DW in another user account on the system.  Can you try creating a new user, logging in and repeating the crash steps to check that we are not dealing with OS user account corruption?


    If that doesn't work I think you should be able to run the CS3 installer and only re-install DW if the other applications are working.  I had to do this recently with a shared component failing and I re-installed Fireworks by itself and didn't have to re-activate?

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    Apr 13, 2012 1:18 PM   in reply to wyldwylly

    Based on information that Adobe has made public, there are details about CS6 and given how PS is already a public beta I cannot imagine it being much longer before you start seeing a final product released so I wouldn't recommend CS5.5 at this point for you.  And given Adobe's policy, CS6 will be your last chance to upgrade before you either have to move to the "Creative Cloud" subscription model or purchase a new retail license.  Just something to think about.


    Actually just found this article:



    You can upgrade CS3 to CS6 until the end of the year.

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    Aug 2, 2012 9:26 AM   in reply to wyldwylly

    I have exactly the same problem with CS3 and Windows 7, and like you the Task Manager reports a DW process running. Flash CS3 runs fine.  I've been running around in circles for two hours trying to find solutions. The closest I've come is an article at in which a highly (and understandably) frustrated user describes a convoluted way of getting DW to run on Windows 7. The cause of the problem appears to be a 'licencing issue' (sigh) with Acrobat, of all things. It would be nice if Adobe were to comment on the problem and suggest fixes, but plainly they want us to be 'upgrading' to later versions of CS. The company has become a Microsoft clone.


    I've copied the steps that the poster recommends below in case they're of help to fellow sufferers, but I'll probably not carry them out as I only use Dreamweaver in CS3, and there are plenty of Open Source web development environments and HTML editors out there that I don't need to faff about with Adobe's baroque overpriced bloatware.






    As always, I figured it out on my own. I found my notes from the last time this happened.


    Forgive me for my frustration, but I find it unacceptable that the Adobe Techs can't help. It's not about running the program in a previous Windows program, but following these instructions.


    I honestly believe Adobe wants me to buy a new version when not necessary. And YOU DON'T HAVE TO! I hope this surfaces in the top Google searches.




    1. uninstall CS3


    2. reinstall CS3, but don't start any application, because it will hang.


    3. go to adobe and download all updates for acrobat 8 (up tp 8.1.7)


    4. install all the updates in sequence.


    5. go to … ftpID=3750 and download the file, make sure to read the instructions before running the file.


    6. here's the post on the licensing issue:


    7. run the licensing file per the instruction.


    8. restart


    Gee, should I work for Adobe?

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    Sep 25, 2012 8:26 AM   in reply to wyldwylly

    Appears to be a possible conflict with Windows Aero, at least it was on my workstation.  I was finally able to get it to work by changing the following settings ....


    1. Right-click on the Dreamweaver shortcut and select Properties.
    2. Switch to the Compatability tab.
    3. Under the Settings section, select 'Disable visual themes' and 'Disable desktop composition'.  (It typically worked without disabling the visual themes, but another time it didn't so I just left it checked.  I'm pretty sure all settings are restored when you close DReamwevaer anyway.)


    I guess you could disable Windows Aero altogether, or at least the Aero Peek feature, but I like both and really didn't want to see them go.  This option gave me the best of both worlds.  Hope this helps!

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