Can you check out this document http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/macromedia-legacy-activation-error.html and let us know if it helped you. You are using a very old version of DW. I suggest that you take the trial version of the Creative Cloud version for a spin.
And, the CS2 version is available for free.
I've been to that page on the Adobe site at least two dozen times trying to solve our problem. If you can't get to the activation error message it's not helpful. All we're trying to do is occasionally edit content at two websites, all of which was written and created in Dreamweaver ages ago, and which we only update once or twice a year.
As per your suggestions, checked the Adobe site for CS2 and information there indicates CS2 has also been deactivated and no longer supported. Creative Cloud lists a monthly fee of $49.95 which is way beyond our budget for occasional edits.
If there is an activation error message for Macromedia Dreamweaver MX2004 don't understand why Adobe can't provide a link.
Anyone else have a solution?
Couple thoughts John -
Did you try just installing DW without the updater to see if it boots up and gets you to the error message.
Another thought -
Try the steps here to force DW to create a new configuration folder
Fingers crossesd for you
Johnny see if this article helps you find your MAC cinfiguration folder.
- Mac OS X: Macintosh HD:Users:<username>:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Dreamweaver 9:Configuration
The personal configuration folder for Dreamweaver 8 and older is in a similar location, except you should replace "Adobe" with "Macromedia" and substitute the appropriate version of Dreamweaver in the path name.