hi axiom82, welcome to sevenforums,
thanks for posting your self-fix.
i used to have lots of problems trialling dreamweaver cs4 too - often it would be there in task manager, but not the taskbar. needless to say, i didn't end up buying it! adobe seem to have cured it in cs5.
if i right-click on a shortcut in start-menu, i do see 'troubleshoot compatibility' option in context-menu... Attachment 142466