How to Install and Use DreamScene in Vista Ultimate
Windows DreamScene is a Windows Ultimate Extra. With Windows DreamScene, you can change your desktop background to a video clip, which runs in a continuous loop. You can now have a animated desktop instead of just a plain wallpaper image.
How to Install and Use DreamScene in Vista Ultimate

information   Information
Windows DreamScene is a Windows Ultimate Extra. With Windows DreamScene, you can change your desktop background to a video clip, which runs in a continuous loop. You can now have a animated desktop instead of just a plain wallpaper image. For more information, see: Windows Help and How-to: About Windows DreamScene
Note   Note

  • Windows DreamScene supports only WMV and MPG video file formats. To use Windows DreamScene, you must be running Vista Ultimate, download Windows DreamScene as an Ultimate Extra, and use a video card that can support the Windows Aero color scheme. See: Microsoft Help and Support: Video Cards: FAQs
  • If you do not use the Windows Aero color scheme, then the DreamScene will not be animated.
  • The Dreamscene folder for Dream files is located at: C:\Windows\Web\Windows DreamScene
Tip   Tip
DREAMSCENE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR: WINDOWS AEROSee: Windows Help and Support: Troubleshoot problems with Windows Aero

NOTE: The Windows Aero color scheme is not available for the Vista Home Basic version. :(
  • 1 GHz 32 bit or 64 bit CPU processor.
  • The computer needs at least 1 GB of RAM.
  • A graphics card with support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB of memory.
  • The graphics card must support Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware.
  • The graphics card driver must support Windows Vista Display Driver Model (WDDM)
  • The computer display color depth must be set to 32 bits per pixel.
warning   Warning
On some less powerful computers, Windows DreamScene can cause a significant performance impact. Some DreamScenes will use more of the CPU Usage than others. You can check in Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC) under the Performance tab to see how much CPU Usage is being used by a particular DreamScene.


How to Install DreamScene

1. Open the Control Panel (Classic View).​
2. Click on Windows Update.​
3. Click on Check for updates in the upper right corner. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: This may take a moment to finish.​
4. Under Windows Ultimate Extras, click on View available Extras.​

5. Check Windows DreamScene, and then click Install. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If it is not available, then check in Windows Features to see if you have Windows Dreamscene checked under Windows Ultimate Extras.

6. When Windows DreamScene is finished installing, click on Restart Now. (See screenshot below)​

7. After the computer has restarted, go back and repeat steps 1 to 4 again.​
NOTE: This is to download the Windows DreamScene Content Packs.​
8. Check Windows Dreamscene Content Pack and Windows Dreamscene Content Pack Favorites, then click Install. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: No restart is necessary for these two.​
9. When they are finished installing, close the Windows Update window.​

10. After installation, you will notice that when you right click on the desktop, there is a new menu option.​
(See screenshot below)​
A) Pause DreamScene - This will pause a Windows DreamScene desktop background.​
B) Play DreamScene - This will unpause the Dreamscene from above to allow it to play again.​

Change DreamScene Desktop Background

1. Right click on a empty area of your desktop and click on Personalize. (See screenshot below)​

2. Click on Desktop Background. (See screenshot below)​

3. Click on the Location drop down list, and then click on Windows DreamScene Content. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: For Windows Wallpapers, see: How to Change the Desktop Background Wallpaper in Vista

4. Select a DreamScene (video) you want on your desktop background. (See screenshot below).​
NOTE: Just hover your pointer over the DreamScene to see a prevew of it on your desktop without it being selected.​
5. Click on OK to select the highlighted DreamScene.​

Adjust the DreamScene Volume Level

1. Have a DreamScene selected from STEP TWO above and have it running.​
NOTE: The DreamScene must have audio included in it for there to be sound with it. (I know, duh.)​
2. Right-click the white Volume speaker icon in the Notification Area. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: This is located at the bottom right hand corner of the Taskbar. If the Volume speaker icon is not there, then see: How to Enable or Disable the Notification Area System Icons in Vista
3. Click on Open Volume Mixer.​

4. Under Windows DreamScene - (See screenshot below)​
A) Under the slider control, click on the speaker button to enable and disable the Dreamscene sound.​
B) Slide the slider control up or down to set the volume level you want for the DreamScene.​

5. Close the Volume Mixer window.​
That's it,

Last edited:
Shawn Brink


Brink, Thankyou, I found it. IMHO it is not as good as I thought it might be (bee-LOL). I had to browse to the folder through "Control Panel\Personalization\Desktop Background" & then go to "Windows Dreamscenes" and browse to the folder that you mentioned. At first there were only 12 Dreamscenes displaying in this Window. When I browsed I found 17 Dreamscenes there. I clicked on each of them one at a time and now after doing that all 17 are displaying. I don't know why I had to do this but it now works. IMHO after the update they should have all been displaying. I guess MS doesn't have everything as fine tuned as they should.
Not sure why it didn't show up for you there, but I'm glad that you got it sorted. I was very disapointed with the Dreamscenes as well. You might give Stardock DeskScapes a try instead. There are a ton of great dream files for it.
something thats been bugging me for quite some time is the fact that i can not use DC on my dual monitor set-up
I use 1x BFG 9800GX2 with 1 32" lcd over DVI and 1 17" TFT over DVI to AGP
When i try to use DC i get this message

clicking further to that i get this message

now i did see an article on a site showing it was possible to run DC on 2 monitors but there was never any tutorial on how to get it working so i am woundering if any one here knows how


Hello Ripbox,

Do you have more than one graphics cards installed and enabled? For example, do you still have a onboad graphics chip still enabled in BIOS.

I have 1x BFG 9600 GT OC with a 1x28" LCD DVI to HDMI cable (connection 2 on card set as Primary) and a 1x17" LCD DVI to VGA converter (connection 1 on card set as secondary), and DreamScene and DeskScapes works fine for me.
sorry for the late reply brink i been real busy
well i have the BFG 9800GX2.... i have my card set-up as a mulit display mode so it uses individual screens with each of the gpus that the gard has so that on 1 screen i can game while browing the web or something on the secound..... (not a cloaned view)
the only other option on this card is to use multi GPU mode where the 2 GPU's combind into 1 big GPU and this is where i will get cloned mode which is not what i want

so it simply 1 9800 GX2 setup on or emulating SLi on a dual view mode... this seems to be the only option i have for dual vew and clone view

now if i set it as clone view the dreamscean will work but when it is set on dual display thats when i get the error messages
see attached image



I believe it's going to be one of those compatibility issues with DeskScapes and your card set-up in mulit display mode just not going to work together. Since this seems to be program specific with DeskScapes, you might post this same question and details in their support forum to see if they may know of a workaround or solution to this that will let you still have the GPU setup you wanted. I do not know what to suggest for this problem. :(

Stardock - Your Edge In Software - DeskScapes

I hope you get a solution soon, :geek: