Apparently when Microsoft was designing the Royale theme for Windows Media Center (the one with the glossy look) they were also pondering whether to release a black version. Apparently they decided against it but it has somehow made its way to the web.

The theme, called Royale Noir, has been signed by Microsoft so it really is believed to be made by them. Here are the steps to install and use the new theme:

  • Download the theme from here
  • Extract the contents of the file to:
    c:\windows\resources\themes\Royale Noir
  • Double-click on the luna.msstyles file to run it.
  • The display properties should now be on the screen, and in the Color Scheme drop-down menu select Royale Noir.

The only thing that is kinda weird which I noticed is when you hover over the start menu it turns from the black button (in the image above) to the green button that we have all become accustomed to in Windows. That’s a little weird but not that big of a deal.

Note: The source below is currently down.

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