HowTo Fix: Dreamweaver Closes Automatically when Initializing in Windows Vista Home Premium


For the last couple of weeks I have been working on my new laptop that has Windows Vista Home Premium installed in it. Unfortunately, I run into a problem a week after I had it, I decided to install Dreamweaver CS3 and it wouldn’t start correctly. Dreamweaver would look as if it was starting and then close itself a few minutes later.

I tried running the program as Administrator, uninstalling and reinstalling, I tried installing other DW versions but still no luck.

Finally, I figured out that my Acer Aspire 5920 laptop had a program called Acer Empowering Frameworks installed that was blocking Dreamweaver. I still don’t understand why it would block a program, but it’s certainly a problem that Acer needs to solve soon.

So once that I identified the problem the solution was simple. Uninstalling Acer Empowering Frameworks Software from my Acer laptop was the solution, as simple as that. I believe this advice has been useful to a lot of people so there you have it. Hope this helps you as it helped me.

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  1. Hi. I just wanna ad a comment aswell. I also have an Acer Aspire 1640 and Dreamweaver cs3 and cs4 just would’t open. Just closed automatically after start up. I followed the advice of uninstalling Acer Empowering Technologies, and Bobs your uncle, both apps work. Great stuff. Ihave had nothing but trouble since buying this crap good for nothing acer.

  2. Hi Erwin, thanks for your comment. I really appreciate when people drop comments letting me know the tips worked for them, I’m glad this post helped you. I hope we both stop running into problems with vista, otherwise I guess I’ll be posting more solutions in the future 🙂

  3. Greetings! I had been having a big headache being unable to open Dreamweaver CS4 due to the above problem. Read your article and the uninstallation does the work. Great article, thanks!

  4. Acer have released a patch for this problem. I didnt want to uninstall Acer Empowering so i just installed the patch. It can be found by searching for Acer Dreamweaver Patch


  5. Hi,

    I have a same problem and tried everything else (Install / Uninstall – safe mode – different versions) and nothing helped.
    I really need a Dreamweaver and looking forward to try this solution.

    Thanks in advance

  6. This is a good blog. Keep up the great work. Anyone ever tried House Flipping?

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  8. Hi Karina, I had this problem with CS4 (only recently installed it on my Acer). It was really driving me nuts that it shut down automatically. The comments mention a patch, so I am going to try that before I go drastic and uninstall. Cheers.

  9. Thankyou for the wonderful information, It was just what I was trying to find

  10. Windows Vista actually sucks, it is full of bugs and very unstable.”,

  11. I really appreciated the posts here about solving DW problem on vista premium. first uninstalling e empowerment framework and that of patch. i ve been havin these problems but I need the E empowerment app. so I’d try the patch first. thanx a lot guys.

  12. acer laptops have much brighter lcd screens compared to other brands ‘”,

  13. i have hp laptop , windows 7. i also facing this prob…what can i do??plz help

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