I was very disappointed to see the Ultimate Extras seen in Windows Vista, dropped in Windows 7 (if you can call them Ultimate extras!). DreamScene was one of my favourites, but no fear, it can be enabled in Windows 7.
Windows DreamScene is a utility that allows videos and other optimized animations to be used as desktop wallpapers
Note: You must have Aero enabled.
Here’s how it’s done;
Download this executable file. And run it. It’ll add all the relevant registry and context items needed to get DreamScene working.
Head over here to find a great selection of DreamScene wallpapers to distract you!
Navigate to C:\Windows\Web (%windir%\web) and you’ll notice that a Windows DreamScene folder has been created for you. Download your DreamScene wallpapers to here and you can then apply then by right clicking them and choosing Set as Desktop Background. (Once you’ve done this, the folder will be added to your Personalization – Background drop down list).
You can pause/play the DreamScene by right clicking the Desktop and clicking the appropriate option.
1) To uninstall DreamScene run this registry file here. To do this, extract the reg file from the zip folder and either double click it and click run or right click it and choose merge.
See here before modifying your registry.
2) Navigate to C:\Windows\Web (%windir%\Web) and delete the Windows DreamScene folder within.
It has sometimes been known that all desktop icon names will disappear, or become almost unreadable after installing DreamScene in this manner. To rectify this issue, uninstall Dreamscene as stated above.
If you only have the Recycle Bin on the desktop you can always right click the bin, click rename and then hold down Alt, type 0160 & hit enter. This will make the name disappear. ;)
(Untested on x64)
For any questions or help, please head over to the forums where you will find great assistance.