Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 Crash on Startup Fix

Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 Crash on Startup Fix

Is your Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 Crashing constantly on load? Maybe you’ve just selected a site to manage and it’s caused Dreamweaver to crash, even when you close Dreamweaver and open it again, Not to Worry!! here is the fix Courtesy of: Adobe Forums

This fix is available for MAC or PC!

Dreamweaver creates a cache file called WinFileCache-********.dat or MacFileCache-********.dat inside your personal Dreamweaver configuration folder (the asterisks represent a series of letters and numbers that might differ from computer to computer). This occasionally gets corrupted causing instability, unpredictable error messages, and even crashes.

To solve the problem, close Dreamweaver and delete WinFileCache-********.dat or MacFileCache-********.dat. Sometimes, deleting this file is not sufficient, and you need to delete your personal configuration folder in its entirety.

WARNING: Do not confuse your personal configuration folder with the main configuration folder in Program Files in Windows or Applications on a Mac. You should never touch the main configuration folder unless you really know what you’re doing.

Finding your personal config file

The location of the personal configuration folder depends on your operating system and version of Dreamweaver. For Dreamweaver CS4, it’s as follows:

  • Vista & Win7: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Dreamweaver CS4\<language>\Configuration
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Adobe\Dreamweaver CS4\<language>\Configuration
  • Mac OS X: Macintosh HD:<username>:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Dreamweaver CS4:<language>:Configuration

In all cases, <username> is the name of your user account on the computer and <language> indicates the language of your operating system. The language is usually represented by two pairs of characters separated by an underscore, as in en_US (English), es_ES (Spanish), or fr_FR (French).

Earlier versions of Dreamweaver locate the personal configuration folder in a slightly different location. This is where it can be found in Dreamweaver CS3:

  • Vista & Win7: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Dreamweaver 9\Configuration
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Adobe\Dreamweaver 9\Configuration
  • Mac OS X: Macintosh HD:Users:<username>:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Dreamweaver 9:Configuration

The Dreamweaver configuration folders are hidden on Windows, so you need to enable the option to view hidden files and folders in order to locate them, as follows:

  • In Vista & Win7, select Start > Computer > Organize > Folder and Search Options > View. In Advanced settings, choose Show hidden files and folders.
  • In Windows XP, select Start > My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > View. In Advanced settings, choose Show hidden files and folders.

Once you turn on this option, hidden folders are displayed as dimmed icons to remind you to treat them with care.

I hope I’ve helped someone πŸ™‚

 

3 Responses

  1. Randy says:

    Thanks a lot, it worked perfectly…

  2. Nick says:

    You are the greatest amongs all. Thanks

  3. SJ says:

    Great stuff. Spent hours trying to find the problem before I visited your site.

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