For a while I fooled around with WindowBinds, trying to get a decent theme that would make my XP interface look closer to Vista. After WindowBlinds seriously screwed up my laptop (I had to re-install XP), I decided to just accept the standard boring XP GUI.
That is, until I stumbled across Royal Noir. Microsoft developed this theme mainly for Media Center, but never released it!
You can download the Royal Noir theme here.
To install, follow these simple intructions:
– Extract files to â€œc:\windows\resources\themes\royale noirâ€
– double click on â€œluna.msstylesâ€
– Select â€œNoirâ€ from color scheme.
It is code-signed by Microsoft. That means that there's no need for a UXTheme hack.