Hidden Windows XP Theme Discovered

Hot on the trails of the hidden program in Windows XP, there has now been discovered an unfinished theme for Windows XP called Royale Noir. Apparently, this was just now discovered, unless we find out otherwise.

During Royale?s development (the XP Media Center theme), the graphic artists also produced a black version of the skin, sans the overused ?glass? effect. The result is an aesthetic black skin named ?Royale Noir?, it even works with Office 2003.

Since the skin was never released (or reached final adjustments) there are a few issues with it: some of the colors don?t meet the overall ?feel? (they?re too purple-ish compared to the greys of the bitmaps) and the inactive title bars are a little too dark.

You?ll find it?s been signed by Microsoft and doesn?t require a custom UxTheme.dll in case there are any doubts as to its authenticity.

If you already have Royale installed, you?ll need to remove it as both of these skins share the same name.

This skin has not been released to anyone outside Microsoft, until now. Source: istartedsomething.com

Download the theme from here, save the files to a folder called royale noir in your c:\windows\resources\themes folder. Once extracted, double click the filed called luna in that folder, select the royale noir color scheme, hit apply and you are using the new theme. I kind of like it, I’m going to run it for a few days and see if anything is missing. Digg the story here.