Final Steps

This page will guide you through Ultimate Skyrim’s final procedures. You’re almost there!

Make sure to read all instructions carefully. If you’re unsure about any part of the guide, feel free to ask the Community for support.


STEP one: CLEAN YOUR MAster files

The default Skyrim files (also known as “Masters”) contain some errors that TES5Edit will help us clean.

  1. Open the folder where you installed Ultimate Skyrim and run ModOrganizer.exe.

  2. Click here for a video tutorial on cleaning Masters with TES5Edit, courtesy of the excellent GamerPoets channel.
    Michael is using SSEEdit in this video, but the steps are identical for TES5Edit - just imagine he’s saying “TES5Edit” every time he mentions “SSEdit” or “xEdit”.

  3. Using the video tutorial, clean the files Update.esm, Dawnguard.esm, HearthFires.esm, and Dragonborn.esm.

  4. When the video reaches 9:05, you can exit. Make sure to drop Michael a like for his help, and consider subscribing if you liked the video.


Step TWO: replace your ini files

Ultimate Skyrim has its own .ini presets that will optimize your game and adjust important settings.

  1. Click here to to download the Ultimate Skyrim .ini Files.

  2. Open the download, and select which preset you’d like to use: Low, Medium, or High. (You can always switch later.)

  3. Once you’ve selected a preset, drag and drop skyrim.ini & skyrimprefs.ini into your Ultimate Skyrim profile.

  4. When Windows asks if you want to overwrite files, select “Replace the files in the destination.”

  5. If you ever want to switch .ini’s, simply repeat this process with the new .ini files.


Step three: RUN FNIS

FNIS (Fore’s New Idles for Skyrim) is a utility that allows mods to utilize new animations. It’s already installed on your machine, and we’re going to run it now.

  1. Open the folder where you installed Ultimate Skyrim and run ModOrganizer.exe. (This is not necessary if MO is already running from Step One.)

  2. Click here for a video tutorial on installing FNIS that I created for older versions of Ultimate Skyrim.
    The information is still correct, though your Mod Organizer folder will be wherever you installed Ultimate Skyrim.
    Close the video once FNIS installation is complete. Do not continue past FNIS installation.


Step FOUR: RUN AUTOMATIC VARIANTS (OPTIONAL)

Automatic Variants is an optional mod that creates visual variety for certain animals, monsters, etc. There’s little to no performance impact, and I highly recommend it.

  1. Open the folder where you installed Ultimate Skyrim and run ModOrganizer.exe. (This is not necessary if MO is already running from Step One.)

  2. Click here for a video tutorial on installing Automatic Variants that I created for older versions of Ultimate Skyrim.
    Like with FNIS, the information is still correct, though your Mod Organizer folder will be wherever you installed Ultimate Skyrim.
    Close the video once Automatic Variants installation is complete. Do not continue past Automatic Variants installation.


STEP FIVE: install DYNDOLOD (optional)

DynDOLOD is an optional mod that greatly improves the appearance of distant terrain. It can affect your framerate, but the impact isn’t too bad & I think the visual difference is well worth it.

  1. Click here to to download DynDOLOD. (You want the “Manual Download”, as shown here.)

  2. Copy the downloaded files to a location of your choosing - preferably the same drive as your Skyrim install.

  3. Open the folder where you installed Ultimate Skyrim and run ModOrganizer.exe. (This is not necessary if MO is already running from Step One.)

  4. Click the “Modify Executables” button, enter “DynDOLOD” as the Title, and then click the ellipses next to the “Binary” field.

  5. Navigate to where you placed the DynDOLOD files, select DynDOLOD.exe, and then click “Add/Modify” to finalize the executable.
    Your button may show “Add” or "Modify” - either is fine.

  6. Click here for a video tutorial on running DynDOLOD that I created for older versions of Ultimate Skyrim.
    The information is still generally correct and any slight differences are not a problem, except that you should not disable DynDOLOD.esp as the video instructs. That is an outdated instruction.
    Close the video once DynDOLOD installation is complete. Do not continue past DynDOLOD installation.


Step SIX: RUN the REQUIEM PATCHer

The Requiem Patcher (also known as the Reqtificator) ensures that everything in your install is balanced for Requiem.

  1. Simply visit this page, and begin with Step 4. (Steps 1, 2, and 3 have already been done for you.)

  2. When the patcher asks if you are running a new game, select “Yes, this is a new game.”

  3. When the patcher notifies you about having over 100 plugins, select “Ignore from now on”.

  4. You can leave everything default for Step 7.


STEP seven: INSTALL SNOWFALL ENB (OPTIONAL)

Snowfall ENB is Ultimate Skyrim’s recommended ENB preset, which greatly enhances lighting, weathers, and graphics across the board. It’s totally optional, but highly recommended.

ENB’s can affect your game’s framerate, but most semi-modern computers can withstand the impact, and we’ve edited the preset to improve performance. If you’d like to try it, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Mods folder within your Mod Organizer folder, as you did with FNIS & Automatic Variants.

  2. Open the Snowfall Weathers folder, and within that, open the folder “ENB Files - empty into Skyrim Directory”.

  3. Copy the enbseries.ini and enbseries folder into your Skyrim folder, but not the enblocal.ini. (Your Skyrim folder contains TESV.exe.)

  4. Click here to download our custom ENB files, and copy those into your Skyrim folder as well. These files should replace/overwrite existing files.


STEP eight: configure your mcm’s

Congratulations - it’s finally time to start the game! However, some mods require in-game configuration through the Mod Configuration Menu.

Click here for the MCM guide. It contains everything you’ll need to configure your MCM’s for Ultimate Skyrim.

Additionally, if you used express installation, you can configure most of your MCM’s automatically through a template save. To do this,

  1. Download this template save,

  2. place the two files in Documents > My Games > Skyrim > Saves,

  3. and load the save titled “Configured Save” once you launch the game.

Whether or not you’re using a template save, make sure to read the MCM guide. It contains important information for all users.

Launch the game through SKSE in Mod Organizer to begin configuring. When you’re finished, use the Ultimate Skyrim MCM Menu to begin your adventure. (We also recommend saving once your MCM’s are configured, to avoid repeating the process on future playthroughs.)


Pat yourself on the back, buckaroo - you’ve done it! Ultimate Skyrim is fully installed, and you are ready to play. Thanks for your patience, and we hope you enjoy your time in Tamriel!

Don’t forget to check out the Ultimate Skyrim Community page, and if you’re feeling generous, visit the Support page for some ideas on contributing to the larger modding community.