Dreamweaver 8 on Windows 7 64 Bit
Successfully Install Dreamweaver 8 on 64 Bit Windows 7
Dreamweaver 8 can run perfectly with 64 bit Windows 7. Just a few small changes to the basic installation, and a patch from Adobe, and 32 bit DW8 is stable. Dreamweaver 8 is one of the software applications considered not compatible, or only marginally compatible, with Windows 7 or 8 64 bit operating systems. When installing older apps on 64 bit Windows, it’s always a good idea to Google the installation of the app… Some users found Dreamweaver 8 runs on 64 bit Windows 7 without problems – more experienced intermittent crashes and other issues.
Consensus is Dreamweaver 8 needs the DW802_unwrapped.zip patch available from Adobe: Download from this link http://www.adobe.com/support/dreamweaver/ts/documents/kb400150/DW802_unwrapped.zip to work properly with Windows 7 64 bit.
First off, install Dreamweaver. Taking a tip from the process required for Adobe CS2, I installed this to a different folder than the default one used by Windows 7 64 for 32 bit software. (CS2 needs installation in a compatible DOS named folder – i.e. with folder name length of 8 characters or less.) It’s probably not necessary to follow this step, but you may as well do it this way now, and not find problems later on.
Installing Dreamweaver 8.02 Patch
Installing the Dreamweaver 8.02 patch is a bit more tricky. The installer will not complete installation when run the usual way – double clicking the installer file.
Instead – open the zipped install file, and copy the installer application to a convenient root folder location…
Go to the start menu and find command prompt. Windows 7 no longer has a start menu link directly to command prompt – the easiest is type command into the search bar, which brings up a list of possible programs, with command prompt at or near the top.
Right click on the application, opening the options menu. Select “Run as administrator from the menu.
This is where saving the installer file to a root folder makes life easier (It doesn’t matter which drive is used! In the command console type in path to the installer – remember this is a DOS command so you need to follow the correct syntax…
As I had saved the installer to a different drive (P) the path was p:\patchpackage.msp. If you use the normal C drive, just use c:\ instead of p:\
The installer should now run as normal, giving you the usual options, accept license agreement, and so on… Accept all the required dialogues to complete the patch.
Reboot PC and open Dreamweaver. If this procedure doesn’t work for you, let us know.
One Small Issue with Dreamweaver 8 on 64 bit Windows 7
I’ve had no trouble with Dreamweaver 8 on Win7 64 bit. The only minor bug I’ve found is when adding a new site to Dreamweaver. Normally when we add a site to Dreamweaver, we select the folder the site files are located in.
With the Windows 7 64 bit setup I’m using, Dreamweaver selects a folder on level up e.g. /websites/MYSITE.Normally you select MYSITE for the root folder when adding a Dreamweaver site. If you do so, DW takes the /websites/ folder for the root folder…
It’s easy enough to overcome this small problem. Just choose a folder within the ‘root’ folder. Here’s an example:
Your site is in folder /websites/MYSITE. Inside MYSITE you have some more folders e.g. /websites/MYSITE/images, /websites/MYSITE/css etc. Select any of the sub-folders for the Dreamweaver root folder and save the site. Dreamweaver sets the /websites/MYSITE folder as the root folder.
Apart from that minor issue, everything else in Dreamweaver 8 works without problems on Windows 7 64 bit