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I can't open my Dreamweaver software - not sure why - I don't think I have fiddled or done anthing else which may have caused problems.  I attach a copy of the error message I get.
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by:bob_the_builder
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Rename the designer.xml file and restart DreamWeaver.   DreamWeaver should create a new designer.xml file.

Might be worth just taking a copy before you do...

Cheers,

Bob....
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by:KateHamilton
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Thanks for this.  Please could you let me know how I rename a file & take a copy (can I rename it anything?).  I'm not familiar where technical files are saved on the computer.
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by:8slash4
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Just browse to the folder you have installed the software in, and rename the Designer.xml to anything you want(That file is not required anymore, but rename it for safety). Now the next time you start Dreamweaver, it will create a new Designer.xml file which should fix your problem. The reason for your error might be a corrupt.xml file possible due to many reasons. Is you get the same error again in the near future, scan your computer for viruses and also make sure you dont abruptly turn off your computer without properly shutting it down.
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by:8slash4
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Sorry i forgot to include the path to the xml file. In order to find it, you must go to: C:\Users\*name*\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Dreamweaver CS4\en_US\Configuration\Workspace
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by:KateHamilton
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Thanks - I have now found the Designer.xml file, changed the name, and restarted.  But a slightly different error message now comes up & I'm not sure how to load a correct layout from Windows Workspace.  Please see attached error message.  

Thank you for your ongoing help.
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by:bob_the_builder
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I think you forgot to attach the error???

Cheers,

Bob....
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by:KateHamilton
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see attached error message.
Unable-to-open-dreamweaver-error.doc
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Well a complete CLEAN reinstall will fix this according to others who had this same problem. But after uninstalling make sure you delete the folders from the 'adobe' folder in 'program files' .  If your using
Creative Suite, you will need to reinstall that too.
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by:KateHamilton
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My computer doesn't have great processing power / spare harddrive space and it was a real headache installing the software in the first place - I am reluctant to take it off and re-install.  

Are you able please to shed any light on the meaning / required action re. second error message?  Hopefully it can be sorted another way...
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by:8slash4
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Ok, after the Dreamweaver software has started and you have the Welcome page, Go to the Windows tab on the top Navigation Toolbar. There at the bottom of the options list in 'Windows' you will have 'Workspace'. There you will haveto  select the layout. Check the attached screenshot to be more clear. Hope this helps you fix the problem.
DwCS.JPG
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by:KateHamilton
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Taking off and reloading Dreamweaver did the job, thank you.
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