Though Windows Vista is out on the prowl it’s still going to take a while to make converts out of the majority of users. Till then for the all the XP users out there here’s a way to make your favourite OS look more aesthetically pleasing. Use the Royale Theme which gives Windows XP the same look as the Media Center Edition.
There might be loads of flashy (read gaudy) themes out there on the net – but none of them integrates as smoothly as one released by Microsoft. When Microsoft was designing the Royale theme for Media Center Edition, they tested a Black theme named Royale Noir which was later scrapped for the blue one. Royal Noir, is surprisingly similar to the black, glassy Aero look of Windows Vista minus the transparency.
Luckily for us, both the Blue & the Black theme were later released in the same theme package and can be downloaded from here. This theme has been released for quite some time, though many users are unaware of its existence – count me in, for instance. 😀 I came across it only recently.
Installation is very simple…
- Download msroyale.zip file for FREE by clicking here.
- Unzip the file, copy the msroyale folder and paste into your themes folder (e.g. C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes).
- Double click on the luna.msstyles in the themes folder to install the theme.
Alternatively, you can use the Zune Theme from Microsoft – which is very similar to Royale Noir but with a Black & Orange combination. Incidentally, the theme doesn’t contain the Zune branding.
Enjoy !! 🙂