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Running Dreamweaver--Or Any App--From a Mapped Drive

A Fundamental Question



8:42 pm on Feb 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm a student at a university generous enough to give each student 1 GB on the school server. I immediately took advantage of this an installed Dreamweaver through a school computer into my designated server space. And...it works! I can run it right off the server!

The problem: I can only run Dreamweaver off the computer through which I installed it. On every other school PC Dreamweaver boots up, asks what view I want (Coder/Designer), but then a panel pops up titled Dreamweaver Product Activitation and tells me there is an error in the software and it must be reinstalled.

So what does Dreamweaver install on the local computer that allows it to run? I already looked into the registry keys; I exported the registry keys from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/MACROMEDIA/DREAMWEAVER on the PC through which Dreamweaver was installed and imported them to a new PC, but the same error came up. Is what I'm trying even possible? If so, am I just missing some registry keys, or is it something else?


2:10 pm on Feb 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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possibility 1: maybe the path to the drives from the remote machine are different from the machine which it was installed. Moreover, dreamweaver can't properly find the files required for operation.

possibility 2: software liscenses for institutions like education, gov, etc, have special multi-computer licenses - meaning, you can run the app on x amount of computers (x being number of licenses purchased and is equal to number of computers which can have the software installed). There may be some security step in place which wont allow it to run on any computer other than which it was installed.

just a shot in the dark with those, but definately possibilities i would guess.


8:29 pm on Feb 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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hmm. as per possibility 1, I'm pretty sure it was installed on the server. i specified that location and all the usual files show up there. i hadn't considered possibility 2, but i don't think it applies to my situation. the copy of dreamweaver i installed was purchased under my name; it is a personal copy that was not bought through the school.

i think possibility 1 is probably partially right in that some files, like the reg keys, are necessarily installed on the computer through with Dreamweaver was installed. There must be some files other than or in addition to the reg keys that need to be present on a PC for Dreamweaver to work. The only solution to this problem would be finding those files and transferring them to whatever PCs I chose to run Dreamweaver on, or just to install Dreamweaver on the server itself, but because its a school server this will never happen.


7:28 pm on Mar 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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From their site:

Dreamweaver will not install properly on individual workstations from a network server.


Dreamweaver was not engineered for network installation (nor can it run from a network). Dreamweaver needs to write to the local Registry of each machine upon which it is installed.

Install Dreamweaver on each system for which a license is available. In accordance with the End-User License Agreement, you must have one license per person or per machine where the product is going to be installed.


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