Installing the first CC version of Dreamweaver (v13) for Windows 7 and Mac

These instructions are for installing an earlier version of Dreamweaver CC on either a Mac or on Windows.

There are actually four versions of Dreamweaver CC as of this writing (November 2015). Their official software version numbers are 13, 14, 15, and 16. These instructions are for installing version 13, which is the initial CC version (this version ushered in the Adobe paid subscription model).

Note that you do not need to do this if you already have Dreamweaver CC version 13 installed, which is unlikely but possible. To confirm version 13, first start your Dreamweaver, then:

The Windows instructions and illustrations are based on Windows 7, but I believe they will work similarly in Windows 10 because the tool that is used for the installation is the Adobe CC app which uses its own interface. The installation process is easy if you follow these instructions.

This procedure will not remove any other versions of Dreamweaver that you already have installed on your computer. So, if you have Dreamweaver CC 2015 installed, this procedure will not remove it, but, instead, provide you with an additional, earlier version.

Note that these instructions are based mainly on this page. But, because that page's focus in on installing alternate versions of Photoshop, and because the Adobe CC app they use in the illustrations is slightly different than the current one (as of Oct. 20, 2015), I have created and custom-tailored this document to better match what you will actually be doing. This document also has additional details that may be useful to you as well.

When you have completed this procedure you will have two versions of Dreamweaver installed on your computer. You can always use a different version for any other work. You can also remove any Dreamweaver version that you no longer want by using your operating system's method for doing that - you will need to see system Help or Google it to find out how. The procedure is generally quite easy.

In order to help you feel comfortable about doing this, I want you do know that I have personally installed the all three of the Dreamweaver CC versions that Adobe makes available on both my Mac Mini, running OSX 10.10.2 (Yosemite), and on my Windows 7 laptop by using the instructions that follow.

The animated gif to the left shows my Mac Mini's Application Selector (Cmd-Tab) that demonstrates that all three versions of Dreamweaver CC are running simultaneously on my Mac Mini. The point I am making is that you can install all three on one computer. You cannot run more than one version at a time on Windows but you can install all three.

The animated gif below shows my Windows 7 taskbar containing three Dreamweaver icon shortcuts and their tool-tips. It demonstrates that I have installed all three available versions of Dreamweaver CC on my Windows 7 laptop. I have not tested installing them on Windows 8 or 10 but assume the installation on those other systems will be almost identical because the operating system is not an important part of the process - the CC App is - represented by th red stylized cloud button.

 


Procedure

  1. Make sure that the CC App is running on your computer.
  2. You can determine if the Adobe CC app is running by looking in the Windows taskbar's notification area. The notification area is shown below. It is on the right side of the taskbar. The little cloud icon that indicates that the CC app is running may not be immediately visible in your notification area due to size constraints. If you do not see it, click on the upward pointing, inverted double arrows and you will see the additional hidden icons
     
    On a Mac look at the upper right area of your user interface for the CC app icon, shown below on my Mac Mini:


  3. Click on the icon and it ought to open the user interface for the CC app which seems to always be running "in the background".
  4. In the event that the app icon is not shown, you will need to find the app in the Program Files\Adobe folder (Windows 7) or in the Mac Finder's Applications area, which you will almost always see in the far left side column of any Mac Finder window.

    This illustration directly below shows the Adobe CC app file selected in Windows Explorer in Windows 7. Double-click on it to start it:





  5. With the CC app running, follow the numbered steps in the following illustrations of the CC app (these numbers are independent of the numbers used in this text list).

  6. For item #6 in the above illustration you need to click on the Install button to see the menu shown.
  7. Select CC 13 and then proceed with the installation. (Note that CC (2014) 14.0.0 is not available).
  8. The installation process may take a little while, but when it is done you will be able to launch and use the CC (13) version.

Conclusion

You now have two versions of Dreamweaver installed on your computer.

FYI...

Currently, I have several versions of Dreamweaver installed on my Mac Mini. The following illustration shows them all, versions CS4 through CC 2015. I've highlighted the three CC versions. I don't think I can even run the older ones. Why do I keep them? I'm sentimental.

Note that the marketing people don't keep track of the versions the way that the programmers do. The programmers have been faithfully adhering the version numbering system going back to version 1, circa 1997 when Macromedia published it (prior to being bought by Adobe). You can see those version numbers above - each quite lengthy. Most people don't notice them. Here is a table of the history of Dreamweaver versions. Note that regarding version CC 2014.1 the software version number above does not correspond to the number in the Wikipedia table. I made a comment about this in the article's Talk page.