The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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Bethesda Game Studios
Bethesda Softworks
Creation Engine
Release dates
Windows November 11, 2011
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim guide on StrategyWiki
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on 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 V: Skyrim Special Edition 2016
The Elder Scrolls: Legends 2017
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR 2018
The Elder Scrolls: Blades TBA
The Elder Scrolls VI TBA

This page is for the original release. For the Special Edition, see The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition.

Key points

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

General information

Official forums
Steam Community Discussions
Geforce Tweak Guide


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Also available in The Elder Scrolls Anthology.
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Humble Store
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All versions require Steam DRM.
Owners of Skyrim and all DLC will receive The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition for free.[2]

Version differences

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

DLC and expansion packs

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

Essential improvements


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

Allows the player to close the game by pushing Alt+F4, while also fixing an issue which caused media keys to not work.
Not needed by anyone using ENB or ENBoost, as per the STEP modification guide. Installing both Elys Alt+F4 and ENB at the same time may cause issues with the hotkeys they are supposed to enable.


Before installing any mods, SKSE and either Nexus Mod Manager or Mod Organizer should be installed.

Unofficial patches

Community-created patches which fix many issues which otherwise remain unresolved in the official patches, such as rendering issues and subtitle coding errors.
Unofficial Skyrim Patch
Unofficial Dawnguard Patch
Unofficial Hearthfire Patch
Unofficial Dragonborn Patch

--- Or use the Legendary Patch that combines all 4 previous patches into one. The old unofficial patches are no longer being supported. ---

Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch

Mod Organizer

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


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


Available as a Steam-based mod for ease-of-use.
Required by most mods.

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. Go to <path-to-game>\data\SKSE
  2. Open SKSE.ini.
  3. Add the following line under the General section.

This fixes crashes and infinite loading screens that occur when the game engine fails to allocate more memory than the engine was originally intended to due to modding.[3]

Only works with SKSE 1.7 or newer.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\SKSE
  2. Open SKSE.ini.
  3. Add the following line under the Memory section.


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.


Use the installation instructions from the preset if used
Fixes issue when there is no more available video memory, a problem that occurs when using high resolution texture mods.
Allows for significant graphical improvements, such as real-time reflections, image-based lighting, and volumetric sky rendering.
Can force V-sync, frame limiter, and Borderless-Windowed mode.
  1. Download the version 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"


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

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

Template:Game data/row
System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/72850/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

Template:Game data/row
System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/72850/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Stores up to 200 MB of game saves online (maximum 1000 files).

Video settings

Launcher video settings.
Launcher video settings.
Launcher advanced video settings.
Launcher advanced video settings.
In-game display settings.
In-game display settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer.
Set in SkyrimPrefs.ini.[citation needed]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Flawless Widescreen or Skyrim Configurator.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use OneTweak.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, MSAA. SGSSAA can be utilized through anti-aliasing compatibility bits 0x000002C1 under NVIDIA Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. Can be disabled.[4]
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Havok physics do not function correctly past 60 FPS,[1] but frame rate is unlimited.[5] Cap the frame rate to 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Vertical sync (Vsync)

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open skyrimprefs.ini.
  3. Find the line iPresentInterval.
  4. Change the value to 0.
  5. Save and exit the text editor.


Never disable v-sync, it will cause all kinds of issues with the game.
iPresentInterval has no effect on the most recent version of the game.[citation needed] V-Sync needs to be forced off via Nvidia CP or equivalent. If you must disable V-Sync, then it should be substituted with a 60 FPS frame cap to prevent physics issues.

Fast-Sync Tweak

  1. Disable in game V-Sync for TES V: Skyrim (read Above).
  2. Enable Fast-Sync through the Nvidia CP for TES V: Skyrim (Nvidia Drivers 368.22 and later).
  3. Limit or cap the frame rate with Nvidia Profile Inspector to 60 FPS.


This reduce "input lag" as well as eliminates the screen tearing that would occur when playing with v-sync normally off.
This is only suitable for certain PC configurations: ie. 60 Hz monitor with a high-end GPU which is able to render TES V: Skyrim over 60 FPS constantly.

Frame rate (FPS)

This tweak allows playing the game at high frame rates without the normal glitches that happen.
It is unknown as to whether it will impact your saves, break quests, or cause lag. Use at your own risk.
  • In Skyrim.ini, add this line under [HAVOK]:
    • fMaxTime=0.0333 for 30 FPS, may help performance on slow computers
    • fMaxTime=0.0166 for 60 FPS
    • fMaxTime=0.0133 for 75 FPS
    • fMaxTime=0.0111 for 90 FPS
    • fMaxTime=0.0083 for 120 FPS
    • fMaxTime=0.0069 for 144 FPS
    • fMaxTime=0.0042 for 240 FPS+

Input settings

In-game gameplay settings.
In-game gameplay settings.

Mouse acceleration

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


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

Audio settings

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, sound effects, footsteps, voices and music.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 only.[6]
Dialogue and general sounds.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Certain ambient noises are still audible.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

VR support

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
This game might be playable with the Revive Compatibility Layer (compatibility list).
Oculus Rift
A workaround is available here.
Windows Mixed Reality
This game might be playable with the Revive Compatibility Layer (compatibility list).
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller
See Input settings for details.

Issues fixed

Ambient Occlusion Bleeding on NVIDIA graphics cards

The official Ambient Occlusion flag 0x00000029 has "bleeding" issues.[7]
  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

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


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

This fix only applies to laptops running on Windows 7.
  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

Skyrim has multiple issues with Realtek HD boards.
  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.
  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.


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

Crash on startup

  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. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  3. Delete SkyrimPrefs.ini.
  4. Disable all or any recently installed mods.


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

Slowdown and stutter in cities

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

Media keys not working

See Elys Alt+F4.

Mouse not responding

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

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

Improved Anisotropic Filtering for NVIDIA graphics cards

Force Anisotropic Filtering through NVIDIA Control Panel.[9]
  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 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

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open SkyrimPrefs.ini.
  3. Find the following lines, and set them to these values.
This SHOULD cause little to no performance loss.

Skyrim Configurator

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

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


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