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Title: Skyrim
Date: 2019-12-02
Modified: 2019-12-02
# Return to Skyrim, the Modding Guide
Version 0.0.3
Last Edited 2019-12-01
## Introduction and Summary
Expanding on [STEP][step] (amazing, but not enough for my taste) and leaning on [Skyrim Revisited][srle] (also amazing, but sadly out of date), here is my own Skyrim Modding
guide, which I'm aiming to make as expansive and thorough as possible.
A *lot* of the information in this guide is straight from the source at [STEP][step] and/or [Skyrim Revisited][srle]. I've tried not to copy it verbatim, but that's not always
possible. I'm making my own modification of their documentation because:
* My mod setup always *begins* with a [STEP][step] install.
* [STEP][step] may not be around forever, and I don't want to lose these great instructions.
* As my personal mod setup diverges more from [STEP][step], I need to keep track of more mod interactions, which requires having my own document.
I don't find it likely that anyone out there would give me kudos for this page, but if you *are* so inclined, *please* check out the [STEP][step] and [Skyrim Revisited][srle] pages first,
and make sure to give *them* credit where credit is due. Conversely, they don't support this mod setup, so if you have problems, *don't* go to them for help!
This guide targets *only* the Steam version of Skyrim: Legendary Edition (as this is the only version I have available). If you have Skyrim SE or Skyrim on DVD (or something else entirely),
your mileage may vary.
This page will link to the major sections of the guide as they become available.
## A Note on Versioning
The version number assigned to this guide follows a similar pattern to the [Semantic Versioning][semver] guidelines. Specifically, given a version number MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH, the:
* MAJOR version changes to indicate drastic (start from Vanilla) changes to the guide.
* MINOR version changes to indicate moderate (clean save) changes to the guide.
* PATCH version changes to indicate minor changes which require neither a vanilla install nor a clean save.
Until this guide reaches v1.0.0, assume that it is still a work in progress, unstable, and liable to change at any time.
## Symbols
* **[OP]** indicates something which is optional.
* **[??]** indicates a section which may or may not be useful, but is included for completeness.
* **[!!]** indicates potentially offensive content. There will generally be non- or less-offensive alternatives listed.
## Table of Contents
1. [Prerequisites]({filename}
1. [Official Content]({filename}
2. [Tools]({filename}
1. [System Utilities]({filename}
2. [Other Utilities]({filename}
3. [Mod Organizer]({filename}
3. [Script Extender]({filename}
Title: Return to Skyrim - Prerequisites
Date: 2019-12-02
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# Return to Skyrim - Prerequisites
## Official Content
This guide requires Skyrim as well as all of the DLC, also known as Legendary Edition. Skyrim should be installed *outside* of the normal `Program Files` and `Program Files (x86)`
directories, as Windows UAC is likely to interfere otherwise. If Steam has been installed outside of those directories, then the default Skyrim installation path should be fine.
* [Skyrim](, v1.9.32
* [Skyrim Creation Kit](
* [High Resolution Texture Pack DLC](
* [Dawnguard DLC](
* [Hearthfire DLC](
* [Dragonborn DLC](
This guide begins with a clean vanilla install of Skyrim. After installation:
1. Run the Skyrim Launcher from Steam. Accept whichever preset is selected by the launcher.
2. Run Skyrim from the launcher. Wait until the main menu finishes loading, then exit to the desktop.
You may find it useful to create a backup archive (using 7-Zip below, or similar) of the vanilla install, in case you want
to start from scratch.
## Tools
Most tool below should be installed somewhere separate from the `Program Files`, `Program Files (x86)`, and Skyrim directories. A good choice would be in a `Tools` or `Modding`
directory on the root of the drive (preferably a data drive). From here on, this location will be referred to as your tool directory, or `Tools`.
### System Utilities
* **[OP]** [7-Zip](
* This tool will allow us to open archives manually.
* Install to the default location.
### Other Utilities
These can be installed in any order.
* [DDSOpt](, Pre-Release Update 4 ([Details]({filename}
* DDSOpt is needed to optimize textures.
* Install in `Tools/DDSOpt` or similar.
* [ENB Organizer](, v2.1.1
* ENB Organizer is needed to manage ENB binaries and presets.
* Install in `Tools/ENBOrganizer` or similar.
* [LOOT](, v0.14.6
* LOOT is needed to sort the mod load order.
* Install in `Tools/LOOT` or similar.
* [xEdit](, v4.0.2
* xEdit is needed to clean and fix mods.
* Install in `Tools/xEdit` or similar.
* Rename `FO4Edit.exe` to `TES5Edit.exe` and `FO4EditQuickAutoClean.exe` to `TES5QuickAutoClean.exe`.
* [Wrye Bash](, v307 Beta 4
* Wrye Bash is needed to create bashed patches and tweak settings.
* Install in the Skyrim directory (creating the `Skyrim\mopy` directory).
* [BethINI](, v3.2
* BethINI is needed to manage INI settings, and clean the INI files.
* Install in `Tools/BethINI` or similar.
### Mod Organizer
Mod Organizer should be installed *after* the preceding utilities as we will be adding many of them to the executablke list within Mod Organizer.
* [Mod Organizer](, v1.3.11 ([Details]({filename}
* Mod Organizer is needed to install, uninstall, and manage mods.
* Install in `Tools/ModOrganizer` or similar.
## Script Extender
* [Skyrim Script Extender](, v1.07.03
Download the archive version of SKSE and store it somewhere safe. Extract only the following files to the main Skyrim folder:
* `skse_1_9_32.dll`
* `skse_loader.exe`
* `skse_steam_loader.dll`
Title: Return to Skyrim - Prerequisites - Detailed Instructions
Date: 2019-12-02
Modified: 2019-12-02
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# Return to Skyrim - Prerequisites - Additional Details
## DDSOpt
**Do not run DDSOpt through Mod Organizer!**
See the [STEP DDSOpt Guide]( for details. The [STEP DDSOpt Quick Start]( is also good.
If LOOT is not automatically added to the executable list in Mod Organizer, do the following:
1. Click the gear icon to open the **Modify Executables** window.
2. In the **Title** field, type *LOOT*.
3. Select the **...** button to the right of the **Binary** field and browse to the `LOOT.exe` application.
4. Click the **Add** button.
5. Click the **Close** button.
Optionally, set the value of the **Arguments** field to `--game=Skyrim` to automatically select Skyrim on startup.
## Mod Organizer
### Notes
* While the [STEP][step] guide recommends installing to the Skyrim directory, I prefer to keep that directory as clean as possible, and therefore recomment installing in `Tools/ModOrganizer`
or a similar directory.
* When running Mod Organizer for the first time, you will need to either select Skyrim from the lisat (if available) or browse to your installation. You will also be presented with
a message about a tutorial. It is recommended to view the tutorial at least once.
* While the [STEP][step] guide recommends setting up [Nexus][nexus] integration, to my knowledge the API is no longer functional, so we skip this.
* While the [STEP][step] guide recommends setting up the **Download with Manager** functionality, this guide will not be doing so, and instead will assume that mods are downloaded locally prior to installation.
### Configuration
1. Click the wrench icon to enter the settings.
2. In the **Plugins** tab, select **Basic diagnosis plugin** on the left, double click *true* next to **check_modorder** and change it to *false*.
3. In the **Plugins** tab, select **BSA Extractor** on the left, double click ** next to **enabled** and change it to *true*.
4. In the **Workarounds** tab, click the **Back-date BSAs** button. The [STEP][step] guide says that some mods may not work properly otherwise.
5. Close the settings dialog.
6. Click the profile (card) icon.
7. Verify that **Local Savegames** and **Automatic Archive Invalidation** are unchecked.
8. Click **Create** and name the new profile *Vanilla Skyrim*.
9. Verify that **Default Game Settings** is unchecked, then click **OK**. This adds a new profile to the list.
10. Select the *Default* profile and clock **Remove**. Click **Yes** when prompted.
11. Close the **Profiles** window.
12. Verify that *Vanilla Skyrim* is the currently selected profile in the **Profile** drop-down.
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