This allows direct downloading of mods using the "Download With Manager" button on Nexus mod pages. The function of this tool is to manage mods and is the mod manager of choice for this guide. The reasons for this are listed below: Mod Version Tracking uses the power of the Nexus site to track major mod updates. However, this is not a replacement for the track file option on the actual Nexus site for optional downloads! Manual Installation Option allows modification and selection of the data folder in an archive manually, allowing fixes of path problems at install time.
Virtual File System allows a clean base Skyrim installation without the mess of moving files. Bashed Patches merge the leveled lists from the installed mods and has some limited functionality to merge mods and tweak game values. For the purposes of this guide, only the Bashed Patch functionality will be used. The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days. Configure Skyrim Upon downloading Skyrim from Steam there are no ini files pre-generated.
Thus, it is imperative to run the launcher and generate the initial set of ini files and do basic setup. Start The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim through the Steam context menu to open the launcher. Click the [Ultra] push-button. Set "Aspect Ratio" and "Resolution" through the drop down box. This should be set to the monitors optimal resolution. Set "Antialiasing Level" to Off through the drop down box.
Set "Anisotropic Filtering" to Off through the drop down box. Click the [OK] push-button to close the dialogue and save. Next, run the game so that a set of basic in game options can be properly added to the ini files. Click "Play" on the launcher to start Skyrim. On the main menu, select "New Game". In the menu, select "Settings" then "Display". Press [ESC] to go back to the category selection menu and select "Gameplay". Click the right arrow on the selection bar next to "Save on Character Menu" until "Disabled" is selected.
Press [ESC] until back at the main menu and exit the game. These settings have now been saved into the ini files. These settings have accomplished the following: Setup the ini files with a high performance baseline. Enabled subtitles so text is visible for characters that do not have voice over.
Disabled autosaves as they are not generally safe and may cause additional CTDs. Manual saves are highly recommended on a periodic basis.
It can be used to fix and change things not possible with the other 3rd party tools. Similar to Skyrim, the Creation Kit does not have default ini files until it is started for the first time and requires some basic setup to work properly for the purpose of this guide.
Start the Creation Kit through the Steam context menu. Once the Creation Kit is loaded, exit the program. Navigate to the Skyrim folder where CreationKit. Save and close the file. These settings will remain set for each subsequent run.
Setup the ini files for multiple master loads and to properly load DLC content. Extract Dialogue Views and Script Source With the latest Creation Kit version, Skyrim dialogue views and script sources are no longer extracted in the games data folder by default. To fix this, perform the following: Papyrus Compiler Fix For bit Systems The following fix is only required for user with a bit operating system. However, Mod Organizer is exclusively written in bit and cannot hook into bit applications.
Due to this, compiling Papyrus scripts in the Creation Kit will fail. Fortunately, there is a workaround to force the compiler to always run in bit mode. Run the executable and click [Start]. A backup of the original file will be created with a. Configure Mod Organizer With Skyrim and the Creation Kit properly configured, the next step is to initially set up our mod management utility and create a "Vanilla Skyrim" profile. If this is the first run, Mod Organizer will prompt to select which game to manage, select Skyrim.
Mod Organizer will then prompt to show a tutorial. It is highly recommended to click [Yes] if not familiar with the tool. Click the [Configure Profiles] button at the top of the window. The icon looks like an id card. Click [Create] and type "Vanilla Skyrim" in the text box. The "Vanilla Skyrim" profile will appear in the list. Select the "Default" profile and click [Remove]. Select [Yes] when prompted.
Close the dialogue by clicking [Close]. Verify that "Vanilla Skyrim" is the currently selected profile in the "Profile" drop-down above the left-pane of the Mod Organizer window. Mod Organizer has created a local copy of the current Skyrim.
Throughout the guide, these copies will be modified with the various changes leaving the default ini files untouched. Now, final preparations must be made to use our mod manager and other tools to their fullest extent. Click the [Settings] button at the top of the main Mod Organizer window. The icon looks like a screwdriver and wrench. In the "Settings" dialogue, click the [General] tab and in the "Style" drop down select "Dark.
In the "Settings" dialogue, click the [Nexus] tab. Check "Automatically Log-In to Nexus" and input a valid nexus username and password. In the "Settings" dialogue, click the [Plugins] tab.
Select "Basic Diagnosis Plugin" in the left pane. Select "BSA Extractor" in the left pane. In the right pane, double click the value to the right of "enabled" and select "true". In the "Settings" dialogue, click the [Workarounds] tab. Verify that NMM Version is at least 0. Close the window by clicking [OK]. Click the [Executables] button at the top of the main Mod Organizer window.
The icon looks like a pair of cogs. If all prerequisites were installed correctly, some software such as SKSE, Skyrim, and the Creation Kit should appear already configured in the list.
To configure the remaining tools, perform the following: Do not select any of the optional check boxes. Click the [Add] button. LOOT should appear in the list. The game and related tool programs must be run through Mod Organizer which allows them to see the virtual data folder.
Desktop shortcuts can be created for this function by clicking the [Shortcut] button on the far right of the display below the [Run] button.
By default the install and plugin load order in Mod Organizer is slightly scrambled. To fix the install order, perform the following steps: Perform the following steps: Click the [Run] push button. Find the icon that looks like a horizontal bar graph mouse over text should state "Sort Plugins" and click it. After some processing, the calculated load order is displayed in the right pane of LOOT.
Click the [Apply] button to apply the load order. Open the "Archives" tab in the right pane of Mod Organizer. Verify the box adjacent to "Have MO manage archives" is checked.
Verify the boxes adjacent to HighResTexturePack