Enable DreamScene in Windows 7

Bring your desktop background to life with this free utility.

DreamScene is a program originally released as part of the Vista Ultimate Extras Pack that animates your desktop background. It was never released for Windows 7 but thanks to  a new free application you can have it in Windows 7 both 32 bit and 64 bit.

(Windows XP users can download a similar though unrelated program here)

DreamScene uses video wallpapers to bring motion to your desktop. Wallpapers can be downloaded from deviantART, Wincustomize and dreamscene.org.

Some of the DreamScene's I downloaded had the .rar extension (basically, another form of a zip file). You'll need something other than Windows native file compression to unzip it. I've used a free program called 7Zip for years, it's a favorite of mine. You can find it and other suggestions in the Best Free File Archiver/Zip Utility category.

I didn't have any problems downloading and installing the program on Windows 7 32-bit following the directions on the site, and the DreamScenes I tried out worked fine once I got used to my desktop wallpaper moving. :)
Dreamscene works with both 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows 7.

Enable DreamScene in Windows 7 with DreamScene Activator | The Windows Club
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by Hikari on 12. October 2013 - 13:31  (111438)

Is installing Dreamscenes on Windows 7 Professional SP1 is legal? If not, in what cases?

by rhiannon on 12. October 2013 - 18:24  (111440)

Dreamscene is already in Windows 7. The freeware program simply asks you if you want to enable or disable Dreamscene.

I'm not an attorney so I can't comment on any legal issues. Ask Microsoft, there's probably contact information for any country you are in.

by Effandi (not verified) on 22. August 2012 - 9:29  (98123)

It work very well as a promise. No need run as administrator to make it work on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits. Thanks dude. Keep up.

by Maddarkness (not verified) on 30. December 2011 - 23:30  (86249)

I've ran the Program as Administrator which didn't seem to work and then Manually placed the .dll's and registry key myself and restarted my computer. I'm still not seeing the "Set as Desktop Wallpaper" option when I right click on a .wmv. Anyone have an idea what might be wrong? Windows 7 Home Premium x64.

by R (not verified) on 13. November 2011 - 23:11  (83233)

It works. Run as administrator and right click and wmv file to set as background. Might need a converter, try prism.

by koolmoedee (not verified) on 15. January 2011 - 9:38  (64602)

You can convert .dream files to mpeg with format factory or your favorite vid converter ;)

by rhiannon on 16. January 2011 - 0:56  (64633)


by rKAnjEL on 8. May 2010 - 7:22  (49325)

Tried it and didn't work for me, I use Windows 7 Home Premium x64.

by Tonexbot (not verified) on 10. April 2012 - 5:53  (91831)

Windows Dreamscene only works on Windows 7 Ultimate Edition

Not possible to work on Home Premium LOL

by Neil (not verified) on 10. August 2012 - 10:06  (97502)

No dude....i am running dreamscene on my windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit PC. It works fine.

by rhiannon on 10. April 2012 - 21:54  (91866)

@Tonexbot; The article is about a program you can download that will enable Dreamscene in Windows 7 no matter what version you have.

The Dreamscene that ships with Windows 7 is, as you say, only available in Windows 7 Ulitmate. :)

by rhiannon on 8. May 2010 - 19:15  (49358)

Did you install as Administrator? It won't work unless it's installed using Admin rights.

Assuming you ended up with a .wmv file after downloading (likely in .zip or .rar format originally) did you right click on the .wmv file and choose Set as background to activate it?

by rKAnjEL on 11. May 2010 - 1:48  (49511)

Installed as administrator, yes.

But .wmv, definitely not. Dream scene files are normally *.dream which is what I got and that didn't work.

Edit: I downloaded some random .wmv and it does seem to work.

by rhiannon on 11. May 2010 - 2:03  (49513)

I could be off base here, but I think *.dream is also the same format that Stardock DeskScapes uses.
So far I like deviantART best to get Dream Scenes in .wmv.

by panaam (not verified) on 17. December 2010 - 21:19  (62846)

but as far as i know. Stardock deskcapes doesnt allow .wmv..,, just .dream

by rhiannon on 17. December 2010 - 21:34  (62848)

I don't think Stardock will use .wmv either, but the program in the article does.

by Anonymous on 6. May 2010 - 6:15  (49182)

Does this work for Vista Home Premium also?

by rhiannon on 6. May 2010 - 17:00  (49225)

As far as I know, the program works only on Windows 7.
DreamScene was not included in any version of Vista other than Vista Ultimate.
The only things I can think of to get the same function on any version of Vista other than Ultimate would be to upgrade to Vista Ultimate, get Windows 7, buy Deskscapes from Stardock, or use XP and download the other program mentioned in the article.

by rhiannon on 5. May 2010 - 20:30  (49157)

Thank you. :)

by Anonymous on 5. May 2010 - 15:49  (49135)

Keep up the great work that you all do. Thank you all

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