How To Install Animated Windows Backgrounds


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Most people are familiar with screen savers in Windows. When your computer has been idle for a certain period of time, the screen will go blank or animate in some way to keep the screen you left up from burning into your monitor. Over the years, screen savers evolved to entertain. Chances are pretty good that you or someone you know has had a virtual fish tank as a screen saver at some point. The problem is that you’re usually not around to enjoy your screen saver when it’s activated. In this article, I’m going to show you an easy way to animate your desktop while you’re using the computer. The video below has a few examples from my own setup.

In the video, I just demonstrated a few of my favorites, but you can also use it as an example of how to set a video as your background once you have Dreamscene installed. You might have also noticed that I’ve removed any junk icons from my desktop and set my program dock and task bar both to auto-hide. The less you have in the way of your background, the more you’ll enjoy it.

What You Need To Get Started

– Dreamscene: The Windows 7 Dreamscene patch is here (32 bit). 64 bit is here.
– Video loops: The ones I’m using are a bunch from dreamscene.org and the aquarium I found on YouTube.

That’s it. Just grab a video or two and the patch and get started below.

How To Install Dreamscene

Installing Dreamscene is pretty quick and easy to accomplish, but you will need to reboot. Bookmark this page so you can come back to it and wrap up anything else you have open. When you’re ready, just follow these steps:

1. Open the Dreamscene patch you downloaded
2: Copy and Paste DreamScene.dll to %windir%\system32\
3: Copy and Paste DreamScene.dll.mui to %windir%\system32\en-US\
4: Run Dscene.reg
5: Reboot

(%windir% is the path to your windows directory, generally C:\Windows. Instructions may vary with an OS other than Windows 7 64 bit)

After installation and rebooting, you can set any .WMV or .MPG video as your desktop background. To do this, just find a video on your computer, right-click on it and click “Set as Desktop Background.

Find More Dreamscene Videos

Finding a bunch of videos on sites like dreamscene.org is great, but remember, you can use any wmv or mpg video, so there’s a whole lot of possible Dreamscenes all over the web for you. If it loops, that’s best, but a longer video will work, too. Sites like YouTube have an abundance of videos, but you might try just searching Google for free video loops.

Comment below and link to any video loops you find that you really like.

Author: Joe Colburn

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4 thoughts on “How To Install Animated Windows Backgrounds”

  1. I got one of those. Now I can enjoy the atom with central nucleus surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons on my work table. But there’s only negative affect from DreamScene – I badly can see the text of the labels. I it’ll be fixed as soon as it’s possible.

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