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. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

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    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

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      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

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  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

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  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

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    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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