Royale

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Royale
Component of Microsoft Windows
XP MCE 2005 Desktop.png
Typevisual style
Introduced inWindows XP Media Center Edition
Last included in
Replaces
Replaced byWindows Basic, Windows Aero

Royale is a family of visual styles created for Windows XP. Variants of Royale have been included with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and Windows Embedded 2009, although the theme itself is compatible with all Windows XP editions. Some variants have also been made available for download from Microsoft's website, making it the only visual style that users could officially install without having to patch system components. The design of Royale maintains the overall proportions, look and feel of Luna, while it also uses glossy elements similar to the Aero theme in Windows Vista.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Royale[edit | edit source]

The original Royale theme (also known as Energy Blue) was introduced with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. It is similar to blue Luna in color, although it's noticeably more vivid and glossy. The wallpaper used by default is Energy Bliss, an edited version of Bliss. The theme has also been offered for download by Microsoft New Zealand, although unlike the Media Center Edition variant the theme package includes a different wallpaper titled New Bliss.

Royale Noir[edit | edit source]

Royale Noir is a scrapped black variant of Royale, which was originally developed in tandem with the original variant. Prior to its leak online in October 2006, it has been featured in a Microsoft commercial airing in the United Kingdom.[1] Due to its incomplete nature, the theme has some imperfections such as some of the colors being a bit out of place and the inactive window title bar being too dark.

Zune[edit | edit source]

A modified version of Royale titled Zune was released and made available for download from Microsoft's website in November 2006, coinciding with the launch of the first Zune player. The package included the visual style itself as well as a wallpaper with Zune branding. The theme is similar to Royale Noir, although it is darker and notably features an orange Start button.

Embedded[edit | edit source]

Windows Embedded 2009 includes yet another variant of Royale named Embedded.

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