Softpedia Editor's Review for Royale Noir Theme for WinXP
Apply the theme never released officially by Microsoft
Written by Elena Opris on May 4th, 2012
Windows XP is not popular in terms of theme customization, in the way that it doesn’t sport a rich collection of built-in skins. Instead, users can rely on Internet resources to download and install various themes to make their desktop look better.
Royale Noir Theme for WinXP is one way to enhance your OS’s appearance. Based on the original Royale Theme, this one brings the same advantages, but slightly changes the colors for the taskbar and the start panel. In order to install and run it, the program requires Uxtheme Multi-patcher (uxtheme.dll system file needs to be patched to allow themes to be successfully deployed).
After a quick installation process, Royale Noir Theme for WinXP opens the Display Properties window, allowing you to further customize the theme. At this point, the wallpaper is set to a beautiful and calm nature inspired background that you'll simply love.
The theme reflects on a bunch of Windows elements, such as taskbar, standard windows, startup and shutdown dialogs and several others. It mainly consists of a dark background and dark title bars, in black and gray.
We found it to be visually appealing and, to our surprise, the effect of white text on a black background didn’t turn out to be disturbing for the eyes. It performed beautifully during our tests, without affecting in any way the system’s performance.
All in all, Royale Noir Theme for WinXP was designed to enhance the appearance of your XP system with dramatic looks. It was actually created by artists, which makes it all the more interesting. But if black is not your favorite color, you can always try out the original Royale theme.
Royale Noir Theme for WinXP description
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Updated cursors
· Used 3D menus
· Adjusted colors
· More visible groupbox
· Changed programs list background
· Adjusted toolbar colors
· Adjusted status bar colors
· Royale: Continuous green progress bar
· Noir: List header changed to grey
· Noir: Taskbar scroll arrows adjusted color
· Noir: Adjusted start menu colors
· Noir/Zune: Fixed dark blue line on start button
· Noir/Zune: Redesigned progress bar