The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind cover
Bethesda Game Studios
Bethesda Softworks
Release dates
Windows May 1, 2002
The Elder Scrolls
The Elder Scrolls: Arena 1994
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996
An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire 1997
The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard 1998
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 2002
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2006
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011
The Elder Scrolls Online 2014
The Elder Scrolls: Legends 2015

Key points

For Windows 8 and later apply The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind fullscreen border fix.
The game requires 3rd party patches to fix game breaking issues.

General information

Official website Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums
Morrowind Nexus - Modding


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail DRM: SafeDisc. Requires the disc to be always present. The Elder Scrolls Anthology; includes Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim plus their expansions.
Games Republic
Green Man Gaming Includes both expansions and the Construction Set.[3]
Humble Store
Steam Includes both expansions but not the Construction Set.[4]

Version differences[edit]

The Game of the Year Edition includes both expansions and the latest patches. All digital distribution versions are the Game of the Year Edition and are already fully patched.
The GameStop PC Downloads/Impulse version is not compatible with some mods.[5] This version is no longer sold.
The Elder Scrolls Anthology includes both a retail version and a single Steam key that unlocks Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim.[6]
The retail and versions include The Elder Scrolls Construction Set.[3] The Steam version does not include the Construction Set.[4]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Tribunal Included in the Game of the Year Edition.
Bloodmoon Included in the Game of the Year Edition.
Entertainers Free download from The Elder Scrolls Official Site.
Bitter Coast Sounds Free download from The Elder Scrolls Official Site.
Area Effect Arrows Free download from The Elder Scrolls Official Site.
Helm of Tohan Free download from The Elder Scrolls Official Site.
Master Index Free download from The Elder Scrolls Official Site.
LeFemm Armor Free download from The Elder Scrolls Official Site.
Adamantium Armor Free download from The Elder Scrolls Official Site.
Siege at Firemoth Free download from The Elder Scrolls Official Site.

Essential improvements[edit]

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  • The latest patch for the base Morrowind is 1.2.0722. This patch isn't needed for the Game of the Year Edition and digital distribution versions.
  • The latest patch for Tribunal is 1.14.1313. This patch is needed for some retail versions. This patch isn't needed for the retail Game of the Year Edition and digital distribution versions.
  • The latest patch for Bloodmoon is 1.6.1820. This patch is needed for some retail versions. This patch isn't needed for the retail Game of the Year Edition and digital distribution versions.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use replacement video files

Apply the Morrowind intro skip.

Unofficial Patches[edit]

The Unofficial Morrowind Patch[edit]

Fixes several hundred bugs and inconsistencies not covered by the official patches.
users without both expansions should use the Unofficial Morrowind Patch 1.2.2b (listed as patch2.2b)

Morrowind Code Patch[edit]

Fixes bugs in the morrowind executable (not covered in the scope of the Unofficial Morrowind Patch).
Includes several optional improvements; including an important save game corruption fix.
Incompatible with the encrypted GameStop (Impulse) executable.
Morrowind Overhaul includes this patch.

Morrowind Script Tidy[edit]

Fixes scripting errors to reduce save bloat and improve stability
Works with or without expansions

UV Texture fixes[edit]

The following mods fix texture seams:

exe optimizer[edit]

Improves performance on older machines.
Incompatible with non-Intel CPUs.
incompatible with the encrypted Impulse executable.
If using with Morrowind Code Patch

The Morrowind Code Patch must be run first then exe optimizer.

Large Address Aware[edit]

Improves stability on systems with at least 3GB RAM by allowing the application to use more than 2GB RAM.
Particularly when using large numbers of mods or heavily scripted mods


Morroblivion / Skywind[edit]

A full port/remake of Morrowind in the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion engine has been released and is available Morroblivion.
A full port/remake of Morrowind in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim engine is still work in progress Skywind.

Morrowind Overhaul[edit]

A compilation of mods with a fully automated installer and an automatic updater.

Improved visuals, effects, sounds and Higher Resolution Textures.
This mod cannot be used with the encrypted GameStop (Impulse) executable.
Includes Morrowind Code Patch and MGE.

During install, the mod may take control of the user's mouse and keyboard for periods of time as it selects the correct settings needed for its successful installation. The user is given a choice of graphics options that best suits their setup, as, on its highest settings, the mod requires a very powerful setup to run smoothly. Users who have installed the mod and are experiencing low frame rates may wish to disable the "water effects" and "distant lands" settings using MGEgui.exe.

Many users have experienced issues with the game merely displaying a black screen past the main menu. There are two causes of this issue - their solutions are outlined below:

Steam Overlay
Steam Community Overlay: Steam users will need to disable the community overlay before running the game with the mod installed, as the two conflict.
  1. Right click the Steam icon in the taskbar.
  2. Click settings.
  3. Navigate to the "In-game" menu.
  4. Deselect the Steam Community overlay option.
Morrowind Graphics Extender (MGE) XE: The latest version of the mod, using "MGE XE", is often the cause of this issue.[7]
  1. Users can select an older, less advanced version by navigating to their Morrowind installation folder
  2. Select MGSO Options
  3. Navigate to the MGE tab.
  4. The user will then need to regenerate the Distant Lands using MGEgui.exe.


Morrowind Graphics Extender (MGE)[edit]

Morrowind Graphics Extender is a utility capable of improving the graphics in Morrowind. Some users may prefer to install MGE individually in order to build their own overhaul or retain the original textures of vanilla Morrowind. The most prominent feature offered by MGE is the addition of the "Distant Lands" distant landscape, but it is also capable of adding shaders, better water, and a myriad of other improvements.

MGE XE[edit]

included in Morrowind Overhaul.

An updated fork of MGE with expanded features, bug fixes and performance enhancements over standard MGE.


Sorts mod load order to reduce conflicts and provides messages regarding known issues with mods.

Wrye Mash[edit]

3rd Party mod manager and conflict resolution tool.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Morrowind.ini
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\bethesda softworks\Morrowind

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Syncs save games.

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Launcher settings.
Launcher settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
75° by default; see Widescreen resolution.
Set in launcher.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate cap (Morrowind.ini specifies a 240 FPS cap but this setting is ignored).

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set widescreen resolution
  1. Run Morrowind at least once.
  2. Download and run Morrowind FPS Optimizer.
  3. Choose Change Morrowind registry settings here.
  4. Change defaults to the resolution you want.
  5. Uncheck novice mode and set your field of view (FOV) on the misc/2 tab.


FOV change is only applied when the Morrowind FPS Optimizer is running.
Some UI elements have maximum resizing limits; use Morrowind Code Patch to remove these limits.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Voice, Effects, Footsteps, Music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Use Morrowind Italian Translation.
Use Ultimate Pack Traducción Morrowind Español.

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashing During Install or Launch[edit]

Crashing During Install or Launch

Some users have reported issues with crashes whilst installing or launching the game.[8] This can often be put down to a conflict between the Macrovision SafeDisc encryption software packaged with the game, and specific background programs installed on your computer. Programs known to lead to this conflict:

  • Iomega removable hard disk drives and flash drives
  • Hex and kernel editors.

In order to resolve this issue, the user should use the Ctrl+Alt+Del key combination, and end all running processes except Explorer and Systray (these are essential system processes).

Render Creation Failure[edit]

Render Creation Failure
This issue often occurs with users who have a corrupted install of the Morrowind Graphics Extender. If this is the cause, it can be resolved by reinstalling the mod correctly.

However, the issue may also be caused by the following:

  • The system does not meet the minimum system requirements for Morrowind, or is using an unsupported video card. In this case, there is little that can be done to resolve the issue, other than upgrading the under-performing parts to meet system requirements.
  • Outdated graphics card drivers. In this case, the user must update their drivers to the latest version, available from their respective manufacturer's website.

Audio Problems (Windows XP)[edit]

Audio Problems (Windows XP)
Some users have reported issues with in-game audio, which may often lead to crashing. One way to resolve this is to reduce sound quality to low in the options menu. If this does not work, try the following:
  1. Open the Start menu, and search dxdiag, then open the program.
  2. Navigate to the "Sound" tab, and reduce the audio hardware acceleration down two notches to Basic Acceleration.

Grey Haze[edit]

Grey Haze
Users with Nvidia cards who report a grey haze in their games often have their "fog emulation table" turned off. It can be turned back on by doing the following in Windows XP:
  1. Click the Start button, and navigate to the Control Panel
  2. Double click Display, and navigate to Settings, then Advanced
  3. Select the GeForce Tab and click Additional Properties
  4. Click on the Direct3D Tab
  5. Place a check mark in the box for Enable Fog Emulation Table

Crash After a Few Minutes of Play[edit]

Crash After A Few Minutes of Play
Users with the Nvidia GeForce 2MX video card and a Via based motherboard often report this issue.
  • It can be resolved by downloading the latest drivers.
  • The latest version of Via's 4-in-1 driver can be obtained here. Follow the instructions on the web site to download and install the drivers.
Many computer and motherboard manufacturers have special version of these drivers for use with their hardware. It is highly recommended that you contact the system/motherboard manufacturer to see if the manufacturer has a special version of these drivers, in which case you should use the version specified.

Mouse Lag[edit]

Mouse Lag

Turning down the music slider to its minimum often results in severe mouse lag, particularly indoors.

  • This can be resolved by moving the slider one notch up, which will halt the lag whilst keeping the music inaudible.

Load Failure[edit]

Load Failure

Some users who have installed both the Tribunal and Bloodmoon expansions separately have reported loading errors, which are caused by the expansions being installed in the wrong order. This can be resolved by installing Bloodmoon over the top of the existing installations, with no need to uninstall anything.

Black Sun[edit]

Black Sun

Users with ATI Radeon graphics cards often see a black sun during gameplay. This graphical anomaly can be resolved by installing the fan-made "ATI Card Sun Fix" mod.

Installing The Elder Scrolls Construction Set Disc[edit]

Installing Disc
If the user purchased the game on disc, they may be unable to install the construction set through its packaged disk. This issue can be resolved by installing the set from the game disc (Disk 1) instead. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Place Disc 1 in the CD-ROM drive
  2. Right-Click on your CD-ROM drive and click on Explore
  3. Navigate to CSInstall, then double click on setup.exe
This will launch the construction set install from the play disc rather than its specific disc, and should resolve any install issues.

Unable to construct potions, due to a wrong message it does not have a name[edit]

Use Morrowind Code Patch[9]

Use the Morrowind Code Patch to apply the "Alchemy name bug" fix.

Window border visible in fullscreen mode[edit]

Morrowind does not go fullscreen correctly on Windows 8 and later.
Apply the fix

Apply The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind fullscreen border fix.

Retail version does not work (Windows 10)[edit]

Install the latest Patches to remove the incompatible SafeDisc protection from the retail version.[10]

Other information[edit]


An in-development open-source re-implementation of Morrowind's engine, OpenMW allows Morrowind to be played natively on Windows, OS X, and Linux as well as enhance the game by correcting engine-related bugs such as savegame "doubling" and improving physics, combat, AI, and graphics.[11]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB (98, ME)
256 MB (2000, XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible


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  11. OpenMW FAQ