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.

Approximate time required from this point: 1-3 hours (depending on modding experience)


Before we begin

Some important things to note before finalizing your installation:

  • Express Install users:

    • It’s normal to have mods with Red X’s — it means the install has intentionally hidden these mods’ files.

  • Manual Install users:

    • It’s normal to have unticked plugins at the bottom of your Load Order after using the sorting files. These plugins are still enabled in-game through Ultimate Skyrim’s files.


STEP one: BACKUP MODlist & Load order

Mod Organizer includes a wonderful backup feature for your Modlist (left window in MO) and Load Order (right window in MO).

  1. Open Mod Organizer. (Open the folder where you installed Ultimate Skyrim and run ModOrganizer.exe.)

    NOTE: If your left window is empty & no mods appear when opening MO, restart MO in Portable Mode to fix the issue.

  2. Once MO has started successfully, click these hard drive icons to backup your Modlist & Load Order respectively. (Make sure to click both buttons!)

  3. You can restore your backups at any time by clicking the yellow arrows. This will open a list of backups for you to choose from.

With this feature, your Modlist & Load Order can always be restored if they're accidentally changed.


STEP TWO: CLEAN MAsterS

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

  1. Open Mod Organizer. (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 of GamerPoets a like for his help, and consider subscribing - GP has a lot of excellent turorials & content.


Step THREE: Install ini files

Ultimate Skyrim has its own .ini Files 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 a preset based on your computer hardware: 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 your chosen preset.

Your choice of .ini files greatly impacts performance. If you experience low frames, simply repeat this process with a lower preset.


Step FOUR: RUN FNIS

FNIS (Fore’s New Idles for Skyrim) is a utility that allows mods to use 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.

Skyrim's engine really doesn't like new animations, and FNIS elegantly circumvents that restriction.


Step FIVE: 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 mostly correct, though your Mod Organizer folder will be wherever you installed Ultimate Skyrim, and your Automatic Variants folder will be named “AV” if you used the Express Install.
    Close the video once Automatic Variants installation is complete. Do not continue past Automatic Variants installation.

With Automatic Variants, animal & creature appearances will differ realistically.


STEP SIX: 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.

DynDOLOD is a marvel of modding ingenuity, and at this point, I simply refuse to play without it.


Step SEVEN: 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.

The Reqtificator is another modding marvel. It automates many balance operations that would otherwise require manual patching.


STEP EIGHT: INSTALL SNOWFALL ENB (OPTIONAL)

Snowfall ENB is Ultimate Skyrim’s recommended ENB preset. It greatly enhances lighting, weathers, and general graphics.

It’s optional because of its performance impact, but most semi-modern computers can handle it, 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.

Snowfall ENB offers some of the most beautiful and balanced visuals I've seen in Skyrim, and I can't recommend it highly enough.


STEP NINE: configure 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.

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.


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!

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