The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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Developers
Publishers
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Release dates
Windows
November 11, 2011
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at WineHQ
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at SteamDB
 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at Wikipedia
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

Advantage A wide array of bugs have been fixed through the community patches. See Unofficial patches.
Advantage Active modding community, more mods can be found here and here.
Disadvantage Due to the v-sync used as a kind of frame limiter, disabling it or playing with a non ~60 Hz screen will result in the physics behaving incorrectly.[1]

General information

More information Official forums
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Geforce Tweak Guide

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Amazon.com Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Also available in The Elder Scrolls Anthology.
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GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GameStop Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Humble Store Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
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Uplay Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg UK version, some languages may be missing. Uplay sells other regions too, though their stores are region-locked.
Information All versions require Steam.

Version differences[edit]

Information The Elder Scrolls Anthology includes Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim along with all the main expansions and DLC.
Information The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Legendary Edition is a complete edition of Skyrim with all its DLC.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
High Resolution Texture Pack Available here. Windows
Hearthfire Windows
Dawnguard Windows
Dragonborn Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

OneTweak[edit]

Advantage Provides a native borderless mode, skips the main intro along with some other tweaks and fixes such as the double cursor issue.

Elys Alt+F4 Tweak[edit]

Advantage Allows the player to close the game by pushing Alt+F4, while also fixing an issue which caused media keys to not work.

Mods[edit]

Information Before installing any mods, SKSE and Mod Organizer should be installed.

Unofficial patches[edit]

Information Unofficial Skyrim Patch
Information Unofficial Dawnguard Patch
Information Unofficial Dragonborn Patch
Information Unofficial Hearthfire Patch

Mod Organizer[edit]

Advantage Powerful and easy to use mod manager with mod virtualization, in order to keep the main installation folder clean.
Advantage Features a configuration editor, the SKSE executable can also be set to be launched through the configurator.

SkyUI[edit]

Information SkyUI is required by certain mods in order to tweak and configure them.
Advantage Advanced user interface, optimized for keyboard and mouse usage while being highly customizable.

SKSE[edit]

Information Required by most mods, simply extract the files into the main Skyrim path.

Fix Save bloating cleaner

This is a partial fix for loose scripts, more advanced editing is required in order to remove broken scripts which may be stuck on the game's currently used thread.

  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>\data\SKSE
  2. Open SKSE.ini with a text editor.
  3. Add the following line under the General section.
[General]
ClearInvalidRegistrations=1

Fix Memory Management Fix

This fixes crashes and infinite loading screens that occur when the game engine fails to allocate more memory then the engine was originally intended to due to modding.[2]

Information Only works with SKSE 1.7 or newer.
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>\data\SKSE
  2. Open SKSE.ini with a text editor.
  3. Add the following line under the Memory section.
[Memory]
DefaultHeapInitialAllocMB=768
ScrapHeapSizeMB=256

Notes

Information To figure out if you need the extra memory you can use the SKSE plugin Memory Blocks Log. This can reduce performance and should only be used while testing.

ENB[edit]

Information Use the installation instructions from the preset if used
Advantage Fixes issue when there is no more available video memory, a problem that occurs when using high resolution texture mods.
Advantage Allows for significant graphical interments when used with a preset at the cost of performance but can be disabled.
Advantage Can force V-sync, frame limiter, and Borderless-Windowed mode.

Fix Installing ENB Without graphical improvements

  1. Download the versjon of the ENB for Skyrim
  2. Unzip files and transfer all files inside "WrapperVersion" to the game directory
  3. Open enblocal.ini with notepad and use the enblocal.ini Setup Guide to assist with the settings. Make sure "UsePatchSpeedhackWithoutGraphics" and "SpeedHack" is set to "True"

Notes

Information You have to start the game with enbhost.exe if SKSE is not installed.
Information Only install weather helper mod if preset requires it.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\Saves\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Launcher video settings.
Launcher advanced video settings.
In-game display settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg Use Flawless Widescreen.
Ultra-widescreen Hackable WSGF Incomplete.svg Use Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD Native support WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Use Flawless Widescreen or the Skyrim Configurator.
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See OneTweak.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support FXAA, MSAA. SGSSAA can be utilized through anti-aliasing compatibility bits 0x000002C1 under NVIDIA Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable Enabled by default. Can be disabled.[3]
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS No native support Havok physics do not function correctly past 60 FPS.[1]

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Fix Disable v-sync

  1. Open Skyrim.ini in the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Under [Display] section, add iPresentInterval=0 line

Input settings[edit]

In-game gameplay settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration Hackable Enabled by default. See Mouse acceleration.
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller
Controller support Native support
Full controller support No native support Certain input fields require a keyboard.
Controller remapping Native support
Controller Y-axis inversion Native support

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Fix Disabling the mouse acceleration[citation needed]

  1. Open SkyrimPrefs.ini in the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Find the following line, and set it to this value.
[Controls]
bMouseAcceleration=0

Notes

Information If the line doesn't exist then add it manually.[citation needed]

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Master, sound effects, footsteps, voices and music.
Surround sound Native support Up to 5.1 only.[4]
Subtitles Native support Dialogue and general sounds.
Closed captions Native support
Mute on focus lost Native support Certain ambient noises are still audible.

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
Czech Native support No native support Native support
English Native support Native support Native support
French Native support Native support Native support
German Native support Native support Native support
Italian Native support Native support Native support
Japanese Native support Native support Native support
Polish Native support Native support Native support
Russian Native support Native support Native support
Spanish Native support Native support Native support
Turkish Native support No native support Native support Vanilla and Hearthfire. A translation is available here.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision Native support GG3D gold.svg
TriDef 3D Native support GG3D gold.svg
iZ3D Native support GG3D gold.svg
Devices Native Notes
Oculus Rift Hackable A workaround is available here.

Issues fixed[edit]

Ambient Occlusion Bleeding on NVIDIA graphics cards[edit]

Information The official Ambient Occlusion flag 0x00000029 has "bleeding" issues.[5]

Fix Use Ambient Occlusion flag 0x00000032 instead.

  1. Download NVIDIA Inspector.
  2. Open NVIDIA Inspector and click on the crossed wrench and screw icon.
  3. Under Profiles select Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  4. Under Ambient Occlusion compatibility insert the flag 0x00000032.
  5. Under Ambient Occlusion usage select Enabled.
  6. Under Ambient Occlusion setting select your quality of preference, but in order to use HBAO+ you must use Quality or High Quality.
  7. Click Apply changes.

Blurry text[edit]

Fix Instructions

  1. Open the AMD Control Center.
  2. Add TESV.exe, and disable the Morphological Filtering.

Notes

Information If AMD complains about an existing profile the error can be safely ignored.
  1. Open the Start menu and write Edit Plan then push Enter.
  2. Open Change advanced power settings, then go to Processor power management, Maximum processor state and set the value to 90%.

Stuttering on a laptop[edit]

Information This fix only applies to laptops running on Windows 7.

Fix Changing the maximum processor state

  1. Open the Start menu and write Edit Plan then push Enter.
  2. Open Change advanced power settings, then go to Processor power management, Maximum processor state and set the value to 90%.

Quiet audio[edit]

Disadvantage Skyrim has multiple issues with Realtek HD boards.

Fix Change the Realtek HD Audio settings[6]

  1. Open the Control Panel, Hardware and Sound then open Realtek HD Audio Manager.
  2. Under Speakers, change the speaker configuration 5.1 Speakers.
  3. Untick everything but the Front left and right checkbox.

Fix Enable loudness equalization[7]

  1. Push Win+R and write mmsys.cpl then push Enter.
  2. Open the Default Device and navigate to the Enhancements tab, then enable the Loudness Equalization.

Notes

Disadvantage The sound quality may be drastically reduced (makes it harder to pinpoint the location of sounds).

Crash on startup[edit]

Fix Instructions

  1. Crash on startup (before the logo is displayed) is a sign of missing master file, one of your active mods is missing a mod it depends on, Wrye Bash will display which mod is missing what mod.
  2. Delete SkyrimPrefs.ini in the configuration file(s) location.
  3. Disable all or any recently installed mods.

Notes

Information If the game crashed with the following error message - Application Load Error P:0000065432 - then simply restart Steam.

Slowdown and stutter in cities[edit]

Fix Disabling the official high resolution texture pack

  1. Open the Skyrim Launcher, and open Data Files.
  2. Uncheck any entries related to the high resolution pack.

Media keys not working[edit]

Information See Elys Alt+F4.

Mouse not responding[edit]

Information After playing Watch Dogs the mouse may become unresponsive, close the game and restart the computer.[8]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable No native support

Improved Anisotropic Filtering for NVIDIA graphics cards[edit]

Information Force Anisotropic Filtering through NVIDIA Control Panel.[9]

Fix Using Anisotropic Filtering through NVIDIA Control Panel.

  1. Open NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. Select Manage 3D settings.
  3. Select Program Settings tab.
  4. Under 1. Select a program to customize: select Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  5. Under Anisotropic filtering select your quality of preference.
  6. Click Apply and close NVIDIA Control Panel.
  7. Open Skyrim Launcher and select OPTIONS.
  8. Under Anisotropic Filtering, in Skyrim Launcher, select Off (best performance) then click OK.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok Physics are tied to framerate. Going over 60 frames per second will cause physics issues.[1]

Enabling shadows to be cast from trees and rocks[edit]

Fix Instructions[10]

  1. Open SkyrimPrefs.ini in the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Find the following lines, and set them to these values.
[Display]
bTreesReceiveShadows=1
bDrawLandShadows=1

Skyrim Configurator[edit]

Advantage Allows the game to be fully tweaked.
Disadvantage Certain tweaks are unstable and may break the game.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7 Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 2.0 GHz Quad Core Intel or AMD
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
AMD Radeon 4890
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 https://www.reddit.com/r/skyrimmods/comments/2edkiv/is_there_a_fix_that_lets_you_play_at_144120_fps/
  2. Skyrim Mod Sanctuary 84 : Skyrim Memory Patch (Fix freezes and crashes)
  3. Do NOT disable vSync! - PC - Bethesda Softworks Forums
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  5. http://forums.guru3d.com/showpost.php?p=4965160&postcount=1258
  6. Skyrim Volume is too low - Steam Users' Forums
  7. How can I increase Skyrim's Volume? - StackExchange: Arquade
  8. Mouse control isn't working. - Skyrim Technical Support - The Nexus Forums
  9. http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/guides/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-tweak-guide#5
  10. Skyrim Tweak Guide 2.3