How to use Dreamscene in Windows 7? (Animated Backgrounds)

Do you want an animated desktop? If so, you need to know how to use DreamScene in Windows 7. Microsoft removed the DreamScene feature from Windows 7, so you have to enable it again to use it.

How to use DreamScene in Windows 7

Activating DreamScene can be a bit tricky, but you should be able to do it if you follow the instructions.
We previously reported how to enable Dreamscene in Windows 7, but this tutorial should be a bit more up to date!

What Are Dreamscenes

Dreamscenes are animated backgrounds – usually a looped WMV video that plays over and over again in the background. Usually, a transition effect makes the loop barely noticeable. All in all, it is a great way to get animated desktop wallpapers.

First: Enable Aero

0. Prerequisites: Before you can use DreamScene in Windows 7, you have to activate Aero. Read this tutorial: How to enable Aero in Windows 7

In order to use DreamScene you will have to copy some dll files and modify your registry. This will re-enable the DreamScene feature, which is officially not supported by Microsoft.

Activate DreamScene via DLL files + Registry Hack

Either follow a) or b)
a) 32bit Windows
b) 64bit Windows

If you don’t know the difference between 32bit and 64bit Windows, read this tutorial: What Windows Version do I have, 32-bit or 64-bit?

a) If you are on Windows 7 32-bit:

b) Should you be on Windows 7 64-bit:

  • Download dreamscene64bit.zip
  • Extract dreamscene64bit.zip
  • Copy DreamScene.dll to C:\Windows\System32\ and DreamScene.dll.mui to C:\Windows\System32\en-US\.
  • Double-click DScene.reg to add the registry keys.
  • Restart explorer.exe or reboot.

Set WMV or MPG as Desktop Background

You can now right-click on WMV and MPG files and choose “Set as Desktop Background”:

Set WMV/MPG as Desktop Background

Empty Personalization Control Panel

The DreamScene feature is not supported on Windows 7, therefore your Personalization Control Panel will display an empty DreamScene folder:

Windows 7 DreamScene enabled

Download 1000+ Animated Wallpaper

If you want a full library of animated Windows 7 themes and dreams, you should buy DeskScapes. DeskScapes is Stardock’s software for animated background wallpapers. It fully supports Windows 7 and comes with a lot of high-quality animated Wallpapers.

Get DeskScapes

We will soon be adding our own animated Windows 7 themes, stay tuned for more!

Animated Windows 7 Themes

Update: One animated theme has been added: The Matrix Windows 7 Theme
You will find the files that are needed attached to the theme.

Published: Thursday, February 25th, 2010 Last Modified: March 7, 2014