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DreamScene - Install in Windows 7 and Vista

How to Install DreamScene in Windows 7 and Vista (non-Ultimate)
Published by Flavius
15 Feb 2010
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How to Install DreamScene in Windows 7 and Vista (non-Ultimate)


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This will show you how to install & configure Windows DreamScene in Windows 7 and in Vista.This article applies to:
Windows 7:Home Basic,Home Premium,Proffessional,Ultimate (x32,x64)
Vista: Home Basic,Home Premium,Business (x32,x64)


Official DreamScenes is only available for Vista Ultimate (more details in this tutorial CLICK ) there is no DreamScene for Vista non-Ultimate versions and for Windows 7.In Windows 7 is only available slideshow pictures (more details here CLICK ).Neverless there are two unofficial methods to enable DreamScenes on Vista non-Ultimate and in Windows 7

METHOD I

This method based on DreamScene from Vista Ultimate, it adds DreamScene.dll to C:\Windows\System32 and DreamScene.dll.mui to C:\Windows\System32\en-us plus special fix to registry. On the Web there are many various DreamScene patches but unfortunatelly many of them is incorect done, some authors of their works seems do not accept fact there are 64bit systems as well , some installers not working when UAC is on, even more there are also installers not working when UAC is off, or some patches are unconfortable to install. Thus I recommend program made by @alfawaves from mydigitallife.info -it work great for all Vista non-Ultimate and Windows 7 all versions both 32 and 64bit.


I.How to install

It's very easy to install,just download application from below:

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unpack it,and place it in anywhere,run Enable DreamScenes.exe

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and click Enable bottom,next choose "reboot Windows",apply and after restarting system you can enjoy DreamScene

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II.How to use

WHAT KIND OF VIDEO FORMATS ARE SUPPORTED?

Windows DreamScene only allows files in *.MPG and *.WMV extension to be set as wallpaper,and officiall only these media are supported.
However there is way to workaround it and play also other video formats.

HOW TO PLAY OTHER VIDEO FILES (different than *.MPG,*.WMV)

To do that make sure you have proper codec installed.For example if you want play DivX video you have to install DivX codec,etc.Probably you want to play many various video formats,the best solution would be install any good codec pack.I recommend install Shark007 codecs Shark007's FREE Codec solutions - Windows 7 codecs,next add extra extension *.MPG or *.WMV to the end of the file name what do you want play,i.e if the file name is DreamScene.avi you have to rename it to Dreamscene.avi.mpg or to DreamScene.avi.wmv


SET VIDEO CLIP AS WALLPAPER

There are two methods to set video clip as animated wallpaper

1. METHOD I (work only for Vista)

right click on Desktop>>Personalization>>Desktop Background,choose video clip and apply

2.METHOD II (work for Vista and Windows 7)

Open folder where you store video clips,right click on video clip and choose "Set as Desktop backgroud"

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Option "Set as Desktop Background" is only availabe for files with *.MPG and *.WMV extensions

ADJUST THE DREAMSCENE VOLUME LEVEL

If video clip have included audio stream you can also listen sound too.To set Volume level go to Volume speaker icon in taskbar,left clik on it,choose Mixer option
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and now you will have acces to adjusting Volume level for DreamScenes

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PLAY/PAUSE DREAM SCENE

If you want you can pause wallpaper motion,right click on desktop and choose "pause dream scene"
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if you want re-enable wallpaper motion again
right click on desktop and choose "play dream scene"
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POSSIBLE ISSUES WITH DREAM SCENES

1.HIGH CPU USAGE BY EXPLORER.EXE

The best way to avoid this problem is to have the modern hardware (the newer the better) and up to date BIOS and drivers for chipset and video card.
You can also try convert video files to another format,or change codecs and ensure your video files are not too big.Another method is to use any 3p application for DreamScene (see METHOD II)

2.MESSING UP DESKTOP ICON TEXT

(this problem is only in Windows 7)

At the present time there is no pernamently solution,you can only fix it per session:switch to another video (or image) wallpaper and next back to previous video wallpaper

III.HOW TO UNINSTALL PATCH

If due to any reason you want dispose patch then restore image wallpaper next run Enable DreamScene.exe and choose "Disable".Sometimes this option may not work and following error is returned:
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In this case follow below:

1.Close window with error message,and again run Enable DreamScene.exe file
2.Open taskmanager and kill explorer.exe,(click on explorer.exe and press bottom "End process")
3.Go back to Enable DreamScene.exe and click in that "Disable" bottom (this time it should work)
4.Navigate back to taskmanager and rerun explorer.exe

(File>>New Task,type C:\Windows\explorer.exe and apply. (image)

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METHOD II

Another method to have DreamScenes is to install any 3p program.Until now I know three programs which let you enjoy animated wallpapers: VLC Media Player,DeskScapes,DreamScene VideoWallpaper
Unfortunatelly only VLC Media Player is freeware.

Maybe there are more of them-Google your friend .
14 Mar 2010   #1
Beowulf999

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hmm. No joy. Downloaded, unzipped, installed that utility to get dreamscene active, but when I go to backgrounds there is no Video option like I had with Vista before. Do I need to do something else?

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14 Mar 2010   #2
Flavius

Windows 7 Professional x64 PL
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Beowulf999 View Post
Hmm. No joy. Downloaded, unzipped, installed that utility to get dreamscene active, but when I go to backgrounds there is no Video option like I had with Vista before. Do I need to do something else?
I said in my tutorial it is impossible to set video wallpaper through Personalize>>Backgrounds in Win 7,you have to navigate to folder where you store video clips,choose one,right click on it and choose "Set as desktop background" (this option should be available)
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21 Mar 2010   #3
iamshadow

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

hmmmm...this looks interesting...
i'll try it later...

thanks btw
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30 Apr 2010   #4
burtie

Vista/Windows 7
 
 

Wow...works great!
Also found this good site with plenty of videos to use too: dreamscene.org - Home - free dreamscenes, windows 7 themes and desktop tools

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17 Jul 2010   #5
rocstar96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Please help, Dreamscene is great but I downloaded some cool video with black background, but when i try it the background is grey, i want pure black, also, when i try to play in wmp12 its grey also, but when in divx player its pure black, i tried to disable nvidia services, tried on mediaplayer, its now pure black, but when i try to set it as a background, its grey, please help, its always bright and its horrible
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17 Jul 2010   #6
Flavius

Windows 7 Professional x64 PL
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rocstar96 View Post
Please help, Dreamscene is great but I downloaded some cool video with black background, but when i try it the background is grey, i want pure black, also, when i try to play in wmp12 its grey also, but when in divx player its pure black, i tried to disable nvidia services, tried on mediaplayer, its now pure black, but when i try to set it as a background, its grey, please help, its always bright and its horrible
Because you have problems with videoclips under many media players too then it is issue with codecks not with DreamScene patch.

1.Do you have problem with all extensions?What about movies with *.MPG,*.WMV (without any second extensions)
2.What kind of codecks do you have? Maybe you should change it.Can you play movies by using players which don't use build-in codecks i.e VLC Media player?
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17 Jul 2010   #7
rocstar96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have vlc media player, and its the same with wmp12, they play brighter than usual. i have divx codec
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17 Jul 2010   #8
Flavius

Windows 7 Professional x64 PL
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rocstar96 View Post
I have vlc media player, and its the same with wmp12, they play brighter than usual. i have divx codec
Uninstal divx codec and install this one Shark007.net - Windows 7 Codecs - WMP12 Codecs

If it fail too,try to play in WMP any *.VOB file and describe results

Question:Do you have problem with playing movie in any game or you can't run some games?
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17 Jul 2010   #9
rocstar96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Im going to try what you said

I have no problem in my games

here are my games,

css, bf2, bfbc2, WiC, L4D2, Grid, GTA4, Dirt2, thats it, no probs


EDIT: Made no difference, wtf

EDIT2: OMFG i cant uninstall it. garbage software.
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