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Bring a dreamy look to your desktop with Dream Wallpaper's high-resolution backgrounds

Rotate high-quality desktop wallpaper in a variety of styles with this freeware.

Dream Wallpaper is a free screensaver that rotates a series of stunning high-resolution desktop background images. You can choose from regular and widescreen images in a range of categories, and download more wallpaper images online, too.

Dream Wallpaper set its first image as our desktop background as soon as we installed the program. Unlike many single screensavers, Dream Wallpaper has a user interface you can open from a system tray icon that also accesses the previous and next wallpapers. Dream Wallpaper's main view displays six or more wallpaper images in each of its Local Wallpaper and Network Wallpaper categories, with different choices for each category in both the Normal and Widescreen tabs. Dream Wallpaper offers categories such as Nature, Cartoon, and Holiday, and there's a spot for your Downloaded images, too. The first set, Nature, features six attractive, enhanced nature images that aren't exactly natural but do a great job conveying the feeling of each scene, varying from warm beaches to snowy forests. We didn't see anything racier than you'd find in the average video game or hit movie, and many of the themes are family-safe, especially the Holiday images. The Cartoons category featured familiar characters, some in 3D, as well as Disney favorites headlined by Mickey Mouse himself. You can click a link to download still more images, too.

We made our selection and clicked the Set button. Under the Settings tab, we could select some basic autorun and autochange options as well as preview and edit the autochange list. We also opened the Windows wallpaper tool, which offers more image fitting and autochange options. One thing, though: Dream Wallpaper's thumbnails showed up in our Windows wallpaper, so be sure you don't select them or your desktop will appear pixelated! Hovering the cursor over an image will display the image data in most systems, including file size and dimensions, so it should be easy to tell wallpaper from thumbnails. We tried fitting images by centering, filling, and so on, and achieved nice results with each, though filling the screen was our favorite choice. Dream Wallpaper's dreamy scenes offer ever-changing visual pleasure.

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