Royale Noir

Royale Noir XP theme

A secret XP theme is uncovered

Royale Noir is a great, free Windows program, that belongs to the category Desktop customization software with subcategory Themes (more specifically Operating Systems). View full description

Royale Noir is a great, free Windows program, that belongs to the category Desktop customization software with subcategory Themes (more specifically Operating Systems).

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Royale Noir is available for users with the operating system Windows 98 and former versions, and it is available in English. The current version of the software is XP theme and was updated on 10/30/2006.Since we added this software to our catalog in 2006, it has managed to achieve 207,371 downloads, and last week it had 20 downloads.About the download, Royale Noir is a reasonably light software that does not require as much space than the average program in the section Desktop customization software. It's very heavily used in many countries such as India, Albania, and United States.

Royale Noir is an almost exact copy of Royale except with a dark purplish tint. If Royale was day, Royale Noir is night. No doubt about it, this is a ‘dark’ theme. If you’re the sort of person who likes bright and vivid colors, stay away from this theme.

As W3bbo pointed out, there are quite definitely issues with this theme due to its incompleteness. The most obvious being, the “Start” button’s hover and active states are unchanged from Royale, inconsistent with the purple tint surrounding. However, there is even a color scheme for Office 2003 so it will not default to the blue Luna colors.

Looking at it from the big picture, Royale Noir is a welcomed alternative to the extremely small collection of verified-by-Microsoft XP themes. However being incomplete, it is not recommended for the general consumers. Enthusiasts are welcomed to try it to stand out from the crowd, but even still, you’ll feel right at home with the familiar Luna/Royale style.

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Royale Noir XP theme