11 beautiful Dreamscene Backgrounds

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 27, 2007
Updated • May 4, 2014

One of the exclusive features of Windows Vista Ultimate is Dreamscene which enables you to display animated backgrounds on your operating system.

I never liked the feature much, not only because it may add distraction to the desktop which may make influence how you work on the system, but also since it requires more system resources than a plain background image, and because the default videos that Dreamscene ships with are not really that impressive after all.

That was however before I discovered user generated Dreamscene backgrounds that blew my mind. Those backgrounds are eye friendly, they show passing clouds, ripples and rain drops. Lots of animations that relax the eye and are pleasing at the same time.

Dreamscene users will have to download the free Descapes software to add the following Dreamscene backgrounds to their Vista Ultimate system.

You can find many more backgrounds at the Wincustomize Dream Gallery. Please note that you may also use the backgrounds on other versions of Vista or Windows if you have enabled the video wallpaper feature on them.

Crystal Island

Falling Rain

Island Paradise

Midnight Moon



Shark Pit





The site itself hosts a collection of more than 1000 different Dreamscene backgrounds that you can download to your system.

You can use filters displayed at the top to change the sorting algorithm, use the search to find specifically themed backgrounds, or browse the popular or featured listings instead which contain some of the most popular backgrounds the site has to offer.

Downloads are free and depending on the Dreamscene video you download may take a while to download to your system. Many of the videos offered here are 20 to 40 Megabyte in size, and if you plan to download a couple of them, you best use a download manager to do so.

Update: Last time I checked, Win Customize listed almost 3000 Dreamscene videos for you to download and use with Stardock's DeskScapes software.

Note that Dreamscene has not found its way officially to Windows 7 or newer versions of Windows, but that you can enable DreamScene on Windows 7 if you want.

11 beautiful Dreamscene Backgrounds
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  1. torrie ;DD said on November 29, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I used these :’D
    They were amazing for my presentation o;


  2. Anonymous said on August 22, 2010 at 9:31 am

    this pictures is so nice…can i get them..? please…this is not for komersial…just for my article or something using them.. i wait your replay..thankyou..

  3. Whoever said on September 14, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I don’t have the content pack in my Ultimate extras!! I have updated the list and etc but it doesnt appear!

  4. Serdar said on June 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    18 Fractal DreamScene at http://3dfiction.com

  5. creativeguy said on January 19, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Came across this site http://www.vistahd.org/ giving free dreamscenes.have been visiting the site regularly and they update the site with 2 scenes everyday.but the timings of updates are not fixed. some of the scenes are pretty good.

  6. Martin said on November 28, 2007 at 12:16 am

    I suppose Microsoft managed to put them more into the spotlight with Dreamscene. You should also consider that computers running Windows 98 were probably put to a serious test if they would run a animated background.

  7. Thinker said on November 27, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    I don’t understand one thing: what it is all about to excite, if video wallpapers where introduced in Windows 98 ? Why now they are good, and in past not?

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