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In this article, I am going to walk through the manual installation of mods. Mods allow you to enhance the original game, fix bugs, add new content, and upgrade graphics. You can add landmasses or quests—in fact, pretty much anything you could possibly think of can be added, changed, or tweaked using mods.

Manually Installing Mods Manually installing mods gives you a number of advantages over using Mod Management tools: Using my system, it is more accurate You can install parts of mods rather than the entire mod you may for example, really like the iron armour from an armour replacement mod but not like the rest You can pick and choose what you use from mods, installing just the parts you want to use You become more familiar with how mods work by installing them manually The best place to find mods is the Skyrim Nexus website which can be found on Nexus.

A good place to start is the Top Files section, which can be found in the sub-menu of the Files category. It will give you an idea of what is popular and also show you some of the best mods made.

Step 1. Prepare Your Mods for Installation Before you install mods, it is a good idea to organize the mods that you have and any that you download. This is true whether you use Mod Management tools or choose to install your mods manually. So for example, Sounds of Skyrim has patches for popular mods.

Next, create a folder and copy all your correctly named mods into it. Also, create a folder called Installed and a folder called New. We will use the folders during the mod installation process. If you are using Skyrim Nexus, it is also a good idea to mirror their categories to make mods easier to sort and also to find Finally, and most importantly, copy your entire Skyrim folder so that you have a backup.

That way if something goes wrong you can roll back without re-installing the game. Step 2. Check the Status of Your Mods Now that we have all our mods appropriately named and tidied into one folder, we need to check for any conflicts, dependencies, or patches for our mods. Again, this is a step that you should perform for all mods regardless of the installation method.

The Description tab for a mod hosted by Skyrim Nexus is a very important source of information about patches and conflicts. You can also other see other mods by the same author. Source Next, on the Files tab, check for any patches that the modder has created to allow the mod to run well alongside other mods that may conflict with it.

You can also message the mod creator and also talk to other gamers playing Skyrim and discuss or ask questions about the mod on the Posts tab. Finally, check the readme files that come with the mod, looking for conflicts, installation recommendations and also where in the load order the mod should go.

It is important to always read the instructions closely. An example is ApachiiSkyHair by the talented modder, Apachii. This mod can cause CTDs when you change hair, sex, or race when selecting your character at the beginning of the game.

Step 3. Manually Install Your Skyrim Mods Installing mods manually once you have checked the installation instructions and downloaded any patches is fairly straightforward.

Even if you use a Mod Manager, installing mods manually gives you a greater understanding of how the files fit together and what they do. Cut and Paste the zip file into the New folder we created above.

Open the zip file of the mod you are about to install I have expanded the folders so you can see the folders in the mod structure below. Example of how the files and folders that make up a Skyrim mod are organised. Source Now open your Skyrim game folder and look at the Data folder.

The folder structure inside your Skyrim game folder. Source Collapse the tree view and drag the folder or folders below the Data folder from the zip to Data folder in your game installation folder. How to manually copy a mod to your Skyrim game folder. Source Typically, you will copy one or all of three folders: Textures: Add detail and surface texture to all objects you see in-game. Meshes: Control the shape of all the objects in-game.

Scripts: Changes how things behave in the game. There may also be other files. Copy all of these to your Data folder. Once you have installed the mod, continue to install mods until you have installed five to ten mods depending on the type of mod. If you are installing texture replacers or mods that add small amounts of new content such as new weapons or armor, you can install more mods at once.

Install fewer if you see significant changes that inhibit your gameplay. Step 4. Test Your Installed Mods The next and most important phase is testing. You need to make sure that the mods you have just added have not introduced bugs, crashes or other problems. The reason that you install them in small batches is that this way it is easier to determine which mod is causing the problem. Look at my load order below—imagine if I had installed them all at once and then I found there was a problem!

I would never be able to figure out which mod was causing it. An example of a "Skyrim" mod load order. Source If I only installed five to ten mods, it is much simpler to find that out. If you do introduce a bug to your game, deselect all the mods you just added and add them back one at a time testing the game before adding another mod until you come to the one that causes the issue. Testing itself is simple enough. First, load up BOSS. BOSS does a number of things that are crucial to keeping your game stable.

It checks mods for any missing dependencies. Most importantly, it fixes your load order to ensure that the mods are loaded in the optimal order BOSS is an excellent tool that helps identify problems with Skyrim mods and also sets up a correct load order for you Source Most game crashes occur on loading new areas into the game or when the game starts.

So to test this, start a new game in a city and go to some shops and fast travel a few times. Also, check out how the mods you just installed look in-game. If you just replaced all the armour sets in Skyrim, go to a place with lots of soldiers and check out how the armour looks.

If you are happy and the game is stable it is time to install some more mods! Before you do; some final steps: First, empty the New folder you created moving the mods into the Installed folder. Now, copy the Skyrim game folder so that you have a backup of your current stable game. Keep What You Like Want to isolate a particular feature of a mod?

Partially installing mods allows you to keep what you like and get rid of the rest. How to Partially Install Skyrim Mods Suppose you are surfing a website looking at mods and you see a screenshot of a particularly cool object that you really want to see in your game.

If you are using a Mod Manager, this is a problem as you can only install the whole mod. To manually install specific parts of a mod, you need to identify where they are in the mod itself. To do this: Download XnView from www. Install using the simple installer. Click OK on the Configuration Menu below. The initial configuration screen for XnView, click OK to accept the default values. Source The main application window looks quite complicated, but never fear, we are not going to use any of the buttons or options The main XnView interface.

Second, XnView cannot look inside. Click File and then Open and browse to the location of the mod. Choose the Textures folder you are interested in, select all the textures and click OK XnView will load each texture and display it on screen To view them, you can either click through them, or click on the Browser button on the left hand end of the toolbar to see them all in tiles XnView showing the contents of a texture file in "Skyrim" from the mod VictoriaG Load Screens.

Source When you click the Browser button, you see all the files in the directory as small tiled icons below. You can see a small preview in the photo below. XnView showing all the textures in a particular folder to allow you to identify specific textures from a "Skyrim" mod.

Note: Pay particular attention to the folder structure of the mod. If you are installing new content such as this mod, install any. Always check the folder structure when installing new mods in "Skyrim. Mods are synonymous with the Elder Scrolls series. This gave modders unparalleled access to the game and allowed them to make mods to change literally anything in-game, as well as adding tons and tons of new content. In this article, I outlined the process of installing mods manually.

We covered: Preparing mods for installation. Checking the readme documents and the Skyrim Nexus site for information on load order advice, installation instructions, dependencies and also mod conflicts. We then looked at how best to manually install mods.

Then we examined mod testing. Finally, we looked at partially installing mods using XnView to identify individual textures. Of course, manually installing mods is not for everyone. In this article, I reviewed two excellent Mod Organiser tools, Nexus Mod Manager designed for beginners to modding with a simple to use interface and one-click mod installation and Mod Organiser a more advanced tool with features such as profiles and a more granular installation process.

Many thanks for reading. I do hope that you have found this article useful and informative, and that you are enjoying your heavily modded, but stable, Skyrim game!


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A few useful tips You can change the difficulty level of the game at will. You do not need to complete the entire game at the difficulty level selected at the beginning of the campaign. You can even change the difficulty settings during battles if they prove too difficult. This is because some of the later main quests involve fights with difficult opponents. We recommend focusing on The Way of the Voice, one of the starting quests. Saving frequently can save your skin. We are talking, in particular, about situations in which the hero will suddenly encounter enemies that are too strong.


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For the time being at least, now that Elder Scrolls 6 has been announced. Improved enemies? That as well. Do you want it to look better than real life? There are mods for that. Skyrim armor guide Skyrim armor guide Dragonscale or leather?


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