Windows Dream Vista

Windows Dream Vista
Crusty Windows bootleg
The desktop of Windows Dream Vista
The desktop of Windows Dream Vista
Original OSWindows XP SP3
Release dateJune 2, 2012
AuthorTarek Sadek
Architecture(s)x86 (32-bit)
Other version(s)Windows Dream Vista 2, Windows Dream Vista 3
File size690.0 MiB
Download linkDream Vista.iso
Date addedDecember 2021
Live CDNo

Windows Dream Vista is a bootleg Windows XP SP3 edition, which was created as part of the Dream Vista trilogy, by Tarek Sadek (also known as Tarek Sadek El Harony). It released on June 2, 2012, and was added to the archive in December 2021.


The bootleg is a modified Windows XP SP3 ISO. It is styled after Windows Vista, as the name suggests. It comes with 3 new themes, 84 wallpapers, and registry tweaks. It comes with its own autorun, and WPI named Beauty Tools, which consists of customization utilities. It is unattended, and preactivated.

A program that automatically cycles the wallpaper has been added to the OS. The wallpaper will now get cycled every boot.

The autorun was made with AutoPlay Media Builder.

Changes from Windows XP SP3

Minor changes

  • The text-mode setup OS text is changed to Dream Vista, and centered
  • The System Properties dialog has been redesigned
  • The Run dialog has been made smaller and there is now a banner covering up most of it.
  • New Winver banner and bar

Changes in pre-desktop procedures

  • New setup graphics. A fake Windows 7 window is present
  • New Vista boot screen
  • New pre-OOBE graphics
  • The OOBE video has been replaced with a Windows Vista startup video
  • New OOBE graphics
  • New login graphics

Look and feel

  • New default theme, and wallpaper
  • 4 new themes included
  • 84 new wallpapers included. 36 additional wallpapers included on top of that
  • New icon set
  • New sound scheme
  • New avatar set
  • New screensavers included. A new logon screensaver is added, with images of Windows Vista advertising


  • Fast Explorer Shell Extension
  • Random Change Wallpaper

Beauty Tools

Customization Utilities

  • BorderSkin
  • CAD 2010 Edition
  • GlassToast 1.0
  • LClock
  • ShowDesktop
  • Vista Rainbar 4.6
  • VistaDriveIcon (spelled vista drive in WPI)
  • Visual Task Tips 3.4 (spelled VisualTibs in WPI)


Bootleg quirks

  • A WinRAR SFX containing a batch file gets ran during Setup. It automatically deletes the Luna theme. There is a missing quotation mark at the end of the DEL statement.
  • A similar batch script this time not in a SFX gets ran during Setup. It deletes all of the default wallpapers, referencing them by name. The same issue with the quotation marks are present.
  • The registry file responsible for installing the Fast Explorer shell extension also applies a Internet Explorer toolbar background. That file does not exist anywhere in the OS.
  • Themes take a while to apply.

CD contents and other info

  • The CD has its own icon.

WINNT.SIF metadata

  • The full name and organization is both set to "Dream Vista".
  • The computer name is set to "DREAM_VISTA".
  • The workgroup is set to "DreamVista".