Run Dreamweaver 8 on Windows 7

Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 on Windows 7

My favourite code editor is Macromedia (not Adobe!) Dreamweaver 8 – it has coloured syntax highlighting, FTP, code hints, and an incredibly powerful search function (I especially like the ability to perform a search and replace on an entire local directory). I’ve recently switched to Windows 7 64 bit on my main desktop, and have found a simple solution to stop the random crashes that occur with Dreamweaver 8 on Windows 7.

  1. Get the 8.0.2 update from Adobe here. <<< Link updated!
  2. Unzip it, preferably to somewhere that you can navigate to easily via a command prompt.
  3. Type “cmd” (without quotes) into the Start Menu search bar, do NOT press enter, then right click on the cmd.exe icon and select “Run as administrator”.
  4. Navigate to the directory where you extracted the update, and type this:
    msiexec /update patchpackage.msp
  5. Press enter, and follow the update prompts.
  6. You are now running Macromedia Dreamweaver 8.0.2, hopefully without the random crashes.

6 thoughts on “Run Dreamweaver 8 on Windows 7

  1. looks interesting, Fortunately I upgraded to win 7 /64 bit about a year ago too, mainly for cpanel and php 5+ (Apache sometimes crashed on localhost with my old 386/32b.) I think in dreamweaver 8.0.2 they’ve fixed the potential sql xss exploit issues that were present in earlier versions, which I guess is a sound reason to upgrade as well. ;)

  2. I have installed the 8.02 patch successfully on Windows 7 and have not experienced any crashes till now.Hope it does not start crashing again.
    Thank you for the guide.

  3. i have done the update patch to dw 8 in windows 7 home premium but am also told this clashes with groove in microsoft 2007. i wish they had an upgrade to this particular dw that runs in a 64 bit machine. i have yet to finally complete the sawmac tutorial for active pages… i cant afford to go to the cs versions. wish i couldve kept my old machine and run xppro in it. i even went to the trouble of buying a licence. drat!
    mary e

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