Sample Test Visual Style

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Sample Test Visual Style
Component of Windows
2419 Chartreuse Mongoose desktop.png
Sample Test Visual Style in Windows XP build 2419
Typevisual style
Introduced inWindows XP build 2410
Last included inbuild 2419
Replaces
Replaced byLuna

Sample Test Visual Style (internally known as Mallard) is a visual style included in some pre-release builds of Windows XP. As of 2019, the only leaked builds to include the style are Windows XP build 2410, 2416, and 2419, where it includes two color schemes, called Chartreuse Mongoose and Blue Lagoon (internally referred to as Paler).

A Whistler feature planning spreadsheet[1] from 2000-02-22 mentions a default skin set consisting of a Consumer and Pro look planned to be finished by 2000-04-28, which refers to Watercolor (then-named Business) and possibly this theme as the string Personal Visual Style has been found in the theme files in early pre-Beta 2 builds. The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties control panel in build 2257, which was compiled on 2000-08-10, includes a low resolution screenshot of the desktop with the new Start Menu open, which is used to illustrate the respective option. Interestingly enough, said screenshot also shows a taskbar whose design shares many similarities with the sample style later included in pre-Beta 2 builds, however, it doesn't include a watermark, therefore it is very likely to be a concept.

The themes.ini file embedded in test.mstheme from early pre-Beta 2 builds contains a last updated date of 2000-07-11. However, the same file in the Watercolor theme claims a last update date of 2000-04-19, which predates build 2250. Given that the Watercolor theme (then-named Professional) has undergone a major revamp between builds 2250 and 2257 and that the INI file itself has been updated several times in the lead up to build 2419 with the last update date staying unchanged, this value should not be considered accurate.

Raymond Chen tells in a blog post from 2006-01-11 that the theme had served as a decoy to distract the general public while the visual styles team had been working secretly on Luna.[2]

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