The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim Cover.jpg
Release dates
November 11, 2011
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 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
Knights of the Nine
Shivering Isles
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011
The Elder Scrolls Online 2014

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.[citation needed]

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Also available in The Elder Scrolls Anthology. Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Direct2Drive Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GameStop Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Humble Store Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
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Uplay Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg UK version, some languages may be missing.
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]


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.[1]

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.


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.


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"


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]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Launcher video settings.
Launcher advanced video settings.
In-game display settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native 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 WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Use Flawless Widescreen or the Skyrim Configurator.
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See OneTweak.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native FXAA, MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native Enabled by default. Can be disabled.[2]
High frame rate Impossible

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
Mouse acceleration Hackable Enabled by default. See Mouse acceleration.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native
Full controller support Impossible Certain input fields require a keyboard.
Controller remapping Native
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Fix Disabling the mouse acceleration

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


Information If the line doesn't exist then add it manually.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Master, sound effects, footsteps, voices and music.
Surround sound Native Up to 5.1 only.[3]
Subtitles Native Dialogue and general sounds.
Closed captions Native
Mute on focus lost Native Certain ambient noises are still audible.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Czech Native Impossible Native
English Native Native Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Japanese Native Native Native
Polish Native Native Native
Russian Native Native Native
Spanish Native Native Native
Turkish Native Impossible Native Vanilla and Hearthfire. A translation is available here.

Virtual reality support[edit]

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

Issues fixed[edit]

Blurry text[edit]

Fix Instructions

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


Information If AMD complains about an existing profile the error can be safely ignored.

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[4]

  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[5]

  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.


Disadvantage The sound quality may be drastically reduced.

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.


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.[6]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable Impossible


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok

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

Fix Instructions[7]

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

Skyrim Configurator[edit]

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

System requirements[edit]

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


  1. Skyrim Mod Sanctuary 84 : Skyrim Memory Patch (Fix freezes and crashes)
  2. Do NOT disable vSync! - PC - Bethesda Softworks Forums
  3. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  4. Skyrim Volume is too low - Steam Users' Forums
  5. How can I increase Skyrim's Volume? - StackExchange: Arquade
  6. Mouse control isn't working. - Skyrim Technical Support - The Nexus Forums
  7. Skyrim Tweak Guide 2.3