Royal Noir Theme Windows XP

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 9, 2008
Updated • Aug 20, 2013
Windows, Windows XP

Users who want to change the Windows XP theme are left with two choices. They can go the official way and use the few official Windows XP themes that have been released by Microsoft, or they can patch the uxtheme.dll file to be able to use user created XP themes. The first way is the easier one but limits the themes to a handful while the second requires patching a Windows system file but rewards the user with thousands of Windows XP themes.

The official XP themes have the advantage that they can be used right away. Royal Noir is a Windows XP theme that was discovered about two years ago. It comes as a blue and black theme with great contrasts. Third party themes on the other hand may require you to download additional tools for some of their functionality, like a different taskbar or icons.

Installation of Windows XP Royal Noir is a breeze. Just download the Royale Noir package and unpack it on your computer. The contents have to be moved to windows\resources\themes\royal noir. A click on the luna.msstyles file should be located in the royal noir directory will activate the theme and bring the Display Properties to the front.

The default color scheme will be the blue one which will be shown as Royal in the Color Scheme menu. A click on the Color Scheme pull down menu will display the second option entitled Royal Noir which will change the blue color to black upon selection.

You can make additional modifications here which you may find useful, like the windows and buttons design, or the font size.

Please note though that the theme is only available for Windows XP and not for other Windows operating systems. We are offering the Royal Noir theme download on our server now, as the default download is no longer available.


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  1. memphis said on September 23, 2012 at 6:11 am

    srry that was my bro noah

  2. memphis said on September 23, 2012 at 6:09 am

    i got it for windowblinds

  3. memphis said on September 23, 2012 at 6:08 am

    just download royal remixed setup what about that???

  4. memphis said on September 23, 2012 at 6:07 am

    i got the theme on windows 7 and it look the same even with start button ;)

  5. Kokan i Sin Sokobanja said on May 5, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Thanks for the themes, are excellent!

  6. Apartmani said on May 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for the best windows themes on internet!!!

  7. Sokobanja said on April 24, 2011 at 7:01 am

    The themes are great, thanks for the free download :)

  8. Vrdnik apartmani said on April 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the best windows xp themes!!!

  9. Laxman said on January 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    simple one

  10. Mathias said on May 2, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Hi. ehmm,,, is this virus???

  11. Bon Jovi said on November 23, 2008 at 5:56 am

    One word = PIE.

  12. a guy that downloaded this skin :o said on November 2, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    omg i love the royal noir skin thingy :) ty

  13. Uberklok said on October 10, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    “dF says:

    Just a hint:
    The version you offer is not really finished.
    Instead try the officiel Zune Theme by Microsoft or this Royale Remixed Pack.
    Therein you find Royale, Royale Noir and Royale Zune. Working without uxtheme.dll Patch.

    I used both Yahoo! Babel Fish and Google Translate to get this combined translation of the article’s text:

    “With the “Royale Remixed theme for Windows XP, your desktop looks chic and elegantly/nobly made. The theme officially developed by Microsoft for Windows Media Center “Royale Remixed”, formerly known as “Royale Noir”, presents Windows and Office 2003 in a chic black-and-blue tone. Also included in the download is the Royale theme, a blue version of the theme. Royale Zune is available from the same designer as a separate download. (Etc.)”

    Also, I examined the enlarged screenshot of the Start menu that appears in a separate window after clicking on the small “Dialogfeld”/”OK” shot, and directly compared it to my own computer’s after installing the Royal Noir theme as Martin instructed, and they are indistinguishable from each other, appearance-wise. Also, aside from the English/German difference in the Display Properties screenshot in this article, compared to the one on the article page, they also appear identical. So, I’d say if one is unfinished, so is the other one ;) – and all without patching the uxtheme.dll file…

  14. Keule said on September 10, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    That replacer tool whiped out my complete system (msvcrt.dll error) ;) Had to reinstall.

  15. Angelo R said on September 10, 2008 at 5:27 am

    @gm The difference is the fact that the Zune theme promotes more of a black/orange variant, while this particular version is a dark blue.

    @dF uxtheme.dll is only for unsigned themes. Official Microsoft signed themes do not require it.

    For those looking at a lighter version:

    I didn’t have much time to locate an official link, so softpedia will have to do.

  16. Starboykb said on September 10, 2008 at 3:35 am

    i was wondering as well, this Royale Noir is just a unfinished old themes two years ago.

  17. Rogerebert said on September 9, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    If you are looking for a perfect black Vista style without installing anything this is the best hands down. He also has a few great Luna themes.

  18. gm said on September 9, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Looks the same as the MS Zune theme.

  19. iampriteshdesai said on September 9, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Martin you are wrong here. Most internet users were fooled by this news too. Actually this Noir isn’t any official Windows theme. Do you honestly think MS will send out such an unfinished work out?
    In reality some one took the XP Luna theme and modded it with Photoshop to produce this crap theme. You should make the correct changes to let people know the truth. If you google properly you will find one hack which tells you how to turn Luna into Noir. MS denied Noir was there product.
    And since it is the original theme modded, you don’ thave to hack the uxtheme.dll.
    Now say thankyou!

  20. dF said on September 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Just a hint:
    The version you offer is not really finished.
    Instead try the officiel Zune Theme by Microsoft or this Royale Remixed Pack.
    Therein you find Royale, Royale Noir and Royale Zune. Working without uxtheme.dll Patch.

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