The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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

Key points

Information Minor bugs not fixed officially, but fixed by third-party patches. See Unofficial patches.
Advantage Extensive modding community, including Steam Workshop integration.
Disadvantage Locked at 60 FPS. The physics and any other simulations are tied to the game's framerate, causing problems if unlocked.
Disadvantage Graphics glitches present on Nvidia SLI. Disable SLI.
Disadvantage Official patch causes lip sync glitches; character's mouths move inconsistently with speech. No fix available.

General information

More information Bethesda Forums, Skyrim
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Tweakguides/Geforce, Skyrim


Source DRM Notes Keys Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Retail DVD and digital. Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg The Elder Scrolls Anthology.
Direct2Drive Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Uplay Availability Table Icons - Uplay.svg UK version, some languages may be missing. Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Information All versions require Steam.

Version differences[edit]

Information The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Legendary Edition is a complete edition with all DLC.
Information The Elder Scrolls Anthology includes Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim together with all expansions and DLC.
Information The Elder Scrolls Anthology includes a single Steam key that unlocks Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim along with all expansions and DLC.[1][2]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
High Resolution Texture Pack Free download. Windows
Hearthfire Windows
Dawnguard Windows
Dragonborn Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Skip intro logos

  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\Skyrim.ini
  2. Under the [General] section, add sIntroSequence=

Unofficial patches[edit]

Advantage Best installed along with a Mod Manager such as Mod Organizer.
Information Unofficial Skyrim Patch
Information Unofficial Dawnguard Patch
Information Unofficial Dragonborn Patch
Information Unofficial Hearthfire Patch


Advantage Required by many mods such as SkyUI. Enables advanced scripting capabilities. Simply extract into the main Skyrim path.


Advantage Advanced menu interface. Optimized for keyboard and mouse control, supports advanced sorting, search and scaling.

Mod Organizer[edit]

Advantage Powerful and easy to use mod manager with mod virtualization to keep the installation folder clean.
Advantage Can easily directly download mods from the Skyrim Nexus through its own client.


Advantage Provides a native borderless mode along with some other important memory fixes.

Modding Utilities[edit]

Information Skyrim Configurator, A GUI configuration file editor for Skyrim.
Information LOOT (successor of BOSS), third-party pre-launcher. Resolves some mod incompatibilities.
Information Wrye Bash, third-party mod manager. Resolves some mod incompatibilities and opens game settings for edits.
Information TES5Edit - Used for merging patches and cleaning plugins and master files


Disadvantage Some mods are either incompatible or need to overwrite other similar mods. Read any compatibility notes before installing multiple mods.
More information Nexus Mods, Skyrim - Third party mods distributor.
More information Skyrim G.E.M.S. - A varied collection of some of the most known and possibly useful mods.
More information Steam Workshop, Skyrim - Subscribed mods are automatically installed and updated.

Remove screen tearing and smoothing mouse movements[edit]

Fix Limit your FPS to an amount your computer can handle

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 Set in launcher.
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 See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See OneTweak.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native Set in launcher.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Set in launcher.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible Always on; disabling causes physics, timing and control problems.[3]
High frame rate Impossible High FPS causes physics, timing and control problems.
Change refresh rate to 60Hz with vsync on, or limit frame rate to 60 FPS.[4]

Enable shadows for trees and rocks[edit]

Fix Self-shadowing tweak[5]

  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\SkyrimPrefs.ini
  2. Go to the [Display] section.
  3. Change the entry bDrawLandShadows=0 to bDrawLandShadows=1.
  4. Change the entry bTreesReceiveShadows=0 to bTreesReceiveShadows=1.
  5. Save the file.
Disadvantage Setting bDrawLandShadows=1 may greatly increase the amount of shadow striping on the ground, even with mods such as Realistic Lighting Overhaul.

Tweak rendering distance[edit]

Fix Tweaking uGrids[6]

Disadvantage Changing the values in this tweak may corrupt your save files, cause performance issues, or make your game client unstable, even on high end systems.
Information Back up your save files before applying the following tweak.
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\
  2. Open Skyrim.ini. Go to the [General] section.
  3. Add the following line at the end of the section: uGridsToLoad=#
  4. Save the file.
Information Change # to an odd number greater than 5 (7, 9, 11, ...). The default, stable value is 5.
Information Many issues occur when using values above 7 as well as greatly reduced stability and performance.
Information High values increase full-resolution rendering distance. Low values do the opposite.
Information uExterior Cell Buffer=## Must be changed in the skyrim.ini depending on the uGrids value. The formula is (uGrids value + 1)^2.

If you find your game to be unstable then you can revert uGrids back to its default settings.

  1. Start Skyrim and load your save file.
  2. Alt+Tab from your game and open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\Skyrim.ini
  3. Set uGridsToLoad=5 and uExterior Cell Buffer=36 and save.
  4. Alt+Tab back to Skyrim, open the console with ~ and type in refreshini
  5. Save your game.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Use Flawless Widescreen

  1. Open the game profile via Flawless Widescreen.
  2. Adjust World FOV Fine adjustment and Hands FOV Fine adjustment according to your liking.
  3. Start the game.

Fix Modify .ini files

  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\Skyrim.ini
  2. Go to the bottom of [Display].
  3. Add the line fDefaultWorldFOV=##
  4. fDefault1stPersonFOV=##
  5. Replace ## with your desired FOV value.
  6. Save the file.
  7. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\SkyrimPrefs.ini
  8. Go to the bottom of [General]
  9. Add fDefaultFOV=##
  10. Replace ## with the same FOV you used before.
  11. Save the file.
  12. Load your latest Skyrim save and open the console.
  13. Enter the command fov ## (with the same FOV value as before) and exit the console.
  14. Save your game to make the change permanent.
  • Alternatively, open console and digit fov ## (the value will be reset each time you restart the game.)

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 Not when controller is enabled.
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native Enabling prevents mouse input and vice versa.
Full controller support Impossible Launcher requires mouse, character name entry requires keyboard.
Controller remapping Native Fixed with 1.2 update and re-installing of drivers
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Fix Disabling mouse acceleration

  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\SkyrimPrefs.ini
  2. Go to the [Controls] section of the file
  3. Then change bMouseAcceleration=1 to bMouseAcceleration=0 (If the line does not exist then add it)

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Master, effects, footsteps, voice and music.
Surround sound Native Up to 5.1 [7]
Subtitles Native Dialog and general.
Closed captions Native
Mute on focus lost Native Ambient noise (such as wind) remains audible.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Czech Native Impossible 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 Base game and Hearthfire. See Steam Workshop.

VR 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 See Skyrim and Oculus Rift with a fixed HUD.

Issues fixed[edit]

General troubleshooting[edit]

Fix Fixing crashes

Information Make sure your game is fully updated.
Information Apply the unofficial patch.
Information Make sure you have the latest graphics driver. If not, perform a clean installation.
Information Disable/uninstall GPU utilities such as Smart-Doctor, GameOSD or Splendid.
Information Verify game cache through Steam.
Information Deactivate recently installed mods.
Information Install the Creation Kit for better compatibility with some mods.
Information Make sure your power supply is strong enough for your graphics card.
Information If using several mods consider creating a merged patch.
Information Clean dirty edits in the game plugins before starting the game.

Blurry text/font[edit]

Fix Fonts

  1. Using either Catalyst Control Center or Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Add the TESV.exe (located in your Skyrim folder within Common files to your 3D applications, ignore any message about how AMD has already made a profile and Turn off 'Morphological Filtering'

Game stutters when playing on a laptop[edit]

Fix Changing maximum processor state

Information This fix is relevant if the laptop meets the game's System requirements but stutters even on the lowest settings.
Information This method is only relevant on Windows 7.
  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type in edit plan and press Enter.
  3. Click on Change advanced power settings.
  4. Expand Processor power management.
  5. Expand Maximum processor state.
  6. Change the value to 90%

Quiet audio[edit]

Fix Change the Realtek HD Audio Settings[8]

Information This method works only if you have a Realtek on board chip, and the required Realtek drivers installed.
Advantage This method leaves the audio levels/quality mostly unchanged.
  1. Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Realtek HD Audio Manager.
  2. On the Speakers tab, change the speaker configuration from 'Stereo' to '5.1 Speaker'.
  3. Untick every box on this tab, but leave 'Front left and right' ticked.

Fix Enable 'Loudness Equalization'[9]

Disadvantage This method slightly reduces sound quality.
  1. Open the Start screen/Start menu, type mmsys.cpl and press Enter.
  2. Open the Default Device (marked with a tick True icon.svg).
  3. Go to the Enhancements tab.
  4. Enable Loudness Equalization.

Crash on launcher or starting game[edit]

Fix Delete SkyrimPrefs.ini

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete SkyrimPrefs.ini and this should be fixed.
Information If it crashed with the error message "Application Load Error P:0000065432", restart Steam.

Stuttering in first person[edit]

Fix Fixing 64hz stutter bug

Information This fix will cap your frame rate below Skyrim's maximum default of 62/64
  1. Download D3D antilag
  2. Extract into the installation folder.
  3. Edit antilag.cfg and set the frame rate cap to 59 or 60

Information Alternatively, the OneTweak mod fixes the stutter by enabling borderless windowed mode. OneTweak has the additional benefit of fixing the double cursor bug.

Extreme stuttering/slowdowns when looking around in cities[edit]

Information This might be caused by using the official high res texture pack on a computer with insufficient video-RAM (less than 2GB).

Fix Disable the high res texture pack

Information The pack can be disabled by going to the Skyrim launcher and clicking Data Files, then unticking all the Hi-res pack .esp-files.

Media keys not working[edit]

Fix Install Elys AltF4 Mod

  1. Download Elys AltF4 mod from NexusMods.
  2. Read the mod's description, including the requirements.

Mouse not responding[edit]

Information After playing Watch Dogs, the game may become unresponsive to your mouse.[10][11]

Fix Restart your computer

Sneak breaks when reloading a save[edit]

Information This is a bug that happens sometimes when reloading a save. The character is in an odd mode that is halfway between "sneak" and standard.

Fix Find a chair and sit down in it

Other information[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, 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
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
AMD Radeon 4890
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


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