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Cannot install Macromedia MX 2004 [MX is DEAD]

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Dec 20, 2022 Dec 20, 2022

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I have a legacy Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 bundle that I paid a lot of money for back in 2004.  My old PC died and I'm trying to install Dreamweaver and it installs but then stalls because it's trying to reach Macromedia to verify the license code.  The software may be 20 years old but it works just fine.  Does anyone know how to get the license key to "take"?  I pinged Adobe support and they said to post my issue here.

 

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Dec 20, 2022 Dec 20, 2022

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Unfortunately, there is no legal way to install any version of Dreamweaver from CS4 and back. All activation servers for those products have been decomissioned.

MX2004 had a special version available, for a number of years after the program was EOL, that allowed for offline activation to unlock it, however Adobe also dicontinued that a number of years ago.

MX2004 is dead. The only versions you can install are going to be cracked/hacked and likely full of malware. 

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The software may be 20 years old but it works just fine. 


By @Grant27647095muot

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"Works fine" might have been true in the 1990's but not in 2022 & beyond...  The web has changed too much.  Legacy web authoring apps can't cope with responsive web design or modern HTML5, CSS3 & JavaScript code.   You absolutely need modern tools to create websites today.  If not Dreamweaver CC, then something else.


CODE TUTORIALS:
- https://www.w3schools.com/html/
- https://www.w3schools.com/css/
- https://www.w3schools.com/js/

- https://www.w3schools.com/bootstrap/
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CODE EDITORS:
-- Adobe Dreamweaver CC - https://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver.html
-- Codespaces (free, browser-based) - https://github.com/features/codespaces
-- Nova (Mac only, formerly called Coda) - https://nova.app/
-- Pinegrow - https://pinegrow.com/
-- Sublime Text - http://www.sublimetext.com/
-- Visual Studio Code (free) - https://code.visualstudio.com/
-- Wappler ~ Visual Web App Builder - https://wappler.io/

 

Hope that helps.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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