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.
Advantage Extensive modding community, including Steam Workshop integration.
Disadvantage Physics/timing glitches above 60 FPS. Enable vsync or limit frame rate (high refresh monitors must limit FPS).
Disadvantage Graphics glitches 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; includes Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim plus their expansions.
GameFly Digital 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 - 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]

Unofficial patches[edit]

Information Unofficial Skyrim Patch
Information Unofficial High Resolution Patch
Information Unofficial Dawnguard Patch
Information Unofficial Hearthfire Patch
Information Unofficial Dragonborn Patch


Information TES5Edit - Used for merging patches and cleaning plugins and master files
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 Mod Organizer, powerful mod manager with mod virtualization to keep the installation folder clean.
Information Skyrim Configurator, A GUI configuration file editor for Skyrim.


Disadvantage Some mods are incompatible\need to overwrite other similar mods. Read about compatibility before installing multiple mods.
More information Steam Workshop, Skyrim; official host included with Skyrim. Subscribed mods are automatically installed and updated (.
More information Nexus Mods, Skyrim; third-party host. Maintains Nexus Mod Manager and/or mod files for manual installation.
More information Skyrim G.E.M.S.; third-party host. Attempts to maintain a collection of lesser-known gameplay-enhancing mods.
Information SKSE, third-party code. Required by many mods. Enables advanced scripting capabilities.
Information SkyUI, advanced menu interface. Optimized for keyboard and mouse control, supports advanced sorting, search, scaling. Requires SKSE.
Information Categorized Favorites Menu, advanced "favorites" interface. Optimized for keyboard and mouse control, supports hotkey slots, sets, sorting, uses full screen. Requires SKSE.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Skip intro logos[3]Link

  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\Skyrim.ini
  2. Go to the end of the [General] section.
  3. Add the line
  4. Save your changes.

Enable multi-CPU[edit]

Follow this link and its instructions. Do not touch ANY files located in the steam folder, use only the Skyrim.ini and SkyrimPrefs.ini located in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\ unless told otherwise by a mod author.

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
Information You can import/export saved games from/to the Xbox 360 version by following this guide.

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 Borderless fullscreen windowed.
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.[4]
Oculus Rift Hackable See Skyrim and Oculus Rift with a fixed HUD.
High frame rate Impossible High FPS causes physics, timing and control problems.
Change refresh rate to 60Hz or limit frame rate to 60 FPS.[5]

Enable shadows for trees and rocks[edit]

Fix Self-shadowing tweak[6]Link

  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[7]Link

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. Navigate 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 and open the console with ` and type in refreshini.
  5. Save your game.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Use Flawless WidescreenLink

  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 filesLink

  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.)

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Fix Enabling borderless fullscreen windowedLink

Information This method requires a 3rd-party executable.
  1. Launch Skyrim through Steam (or through SkyrimLauncher.exe).
  2. In the options menu, enable Windowed Mode.
  3. Download the main file from the Simple Borderless Window mod.
  4. Follow the instructions in the mod's description or in the download's readme.

Fix Enabling borderless fullscreen windowed (Using an SKSE plugin)Link

Information This method requires the "SKSE" mod.
  1. Launch Skyrim through Steam (or through SkyrimLauncher.exe).
  2. In the options menu, enable Windowed Mode, and set the resolution to your native monitor resolution.
  3. Download the Skyrim Script Installer (SKSE) installer from here: SKSE.
  4. Run the SKSE installer to install SKSE.
  5. Download the Borderless window SKSE plugin here: Borderless Window (be sure to click download manually).
  6. Drag the "Data" folder in the downloaded .zip file into your Skyrim folder (Usually C:\\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim).
  7. Run the game using skse_loader.exe from now on.

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 accelerationLink

  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)
  4. Save the file.

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 [8]
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 Unknown Native
Japanese Native Native Native
Polish Native Native Native
Russian Native Unknown Native
Spanish Native Native Native
Turkish Native Impossible Native A Turkish fan patch for the game and Hearthfire DLC available on Steam Workshop.

Issues fixed[edit]

General troubleshooting[edit]

Fix Fixing crashesLink

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]

  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 stateLink

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[9]Link

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'[10]Link

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.iniLink

  1. Navigate to your Steamapps\common\skyrim and open the Skyrim folder in there.
  2. The file you're looking for is called SkyrimPrefs.ini. delete it 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 bugLink

Information This fix will cap your frame rate below Skyrim's maximum default of 62/64
  1. Download the Skyrim Stuttering 64hz Bug Fix mod.
  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 packLink

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 ModLink

Information This fix will allow the use of media keys on keyboards, such as the K90's volume controller.
  1. Download Elys AltF4 mod from NexusMods.
  2. Read the mod's description, including the requirements.
  3. Install and enjoy.

Mouse not responding[edit]

Information After playing Watch Dogs, the game may become unresponsive to your mouse.[11][12]

Fix Restart your computerLink

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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