I made my Windows 11 PC look like Windows XP and I love it – here’s how

Back in 2004, I was on a paper round with the goal of saving up enough for a gaming PC to play Half-Life 2. I had read so much about the game back then, and it was the first game I actually pre-ordered through Valve’s newly released online store: Steam.

Building my own PC to play this masterpiece is a memory I will always cherish. This was also the age of Windows XP and there was a theme that came exclusively with the Media Center version of Windows XP called “Royale” and that was what I had installed on my gaming PC. I loved the darker look of it, and since then I’ve wanted to use it again without having to find complicated, hacky ways to implement it.