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Windows 7: Application Only Opens from Associated File (Dreamweaver CS4)

24 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Application Only Opens from Associated File (Dreamweaver CS4)

I have Dreamweaver CS4 on Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit. It opened fine until suddenly it stopped. Maybe there was an automatic update that changed a valid configuration. Regardless here is my problem:

I have a start menu shortcut pinned for Dreamweaver CS4. It shows the correct path to the executable in the shortcut properties. Though, when I do this I am shown a loading swirl icon and then it disappears. Normally, the program would display at this point. I cannot open the program from a shortcut. I have found that if I open an associated file (e.g. html, php), Dreamweaver loads just fine.

Any thoughts? I have tried the compatibility settings and run as administrator settings to no avail.

Thanks, Mike

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08 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

I solved this one myself. Right click on the shortcut , click 'Troubleshoot Compatibility', and let Windows 7 select the appropriate settings for your application to run. Dreamweaver CS4 works with Windows XP Service Pack 2.

FYI: The shortcut must be in a folder view (e.g. windows explorer window) for the 'Troubleshoot Compatibility' option to be available in the context menu. It isn't available from the Start Menu.
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08 Mar 2011   #3
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

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...

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