Skip to content

Royale Noir – Windows XP in black without hacking system files

Fortysomething.ca have a slightly different than normal Windows XP theme – Royale Noir.

UPDATE: Please note that the freely available Zune theme is very similar (and feels a lot more finished than this theme.

Royale Noir on Windows XP

It’s not perfect – some bits like the scrollbars are still standard blue Royale, but it makes a change for those becoming-dangerously-rare times when I’m in Windows (without hacking uxtheme.dll).

And the reason you don’t have to hack that file is because this is an official signed theme by Microsoft – albeit one they hadn’t finished and didn’t intend to publish.

Yes, I’m slow to this. I saw it on Digg about a week ago and I downloaded it, unrared it and put it on my shared partition, but didn’t get round to actually installing it in Windows until now. 7-Zip will unrar it for you, don’t get WinRAR, it’s arguably evil (I shouldn’t have to pay to decompress files, it’s just ridiculous).

Like this post?

If you would like to support the time and effort I have put into my tutorials and writing, please consider making a donation.

One Trackback/Pingback

  1. Peter Upfold » Blog Archive » Windows XP Zune Theme on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 20:26

    […] Following up from my post about the leaked Royale Noir theme, I’ve been told that Microsoft’s Zune theme for Windows XP is essentially the evolution of this theme. […]

Post a Comment

On some sites, you must be logged in to post a comment. This is not the case on this site.
Your email address is not made public or shared. Required fields are marked with *.
*
*
*

Posting a comment signifies you accept the privacy policy.
Please note — usually your comment will appear straight away but sometimes it will be held for approval (this is due to the spam filter). If your comment is waiting to be approved, please don’t post it again! It will appear eventually.