SKYRIM
Skyrim Guides and Tutorials by CrushBoss
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Last updated at 8:47, 3 Nov 2014 Uploaded at 23:38, 16 Feb 2013





I've put together several guides and tutorials that can help users troubleshoot problems and have a better Skyrim experience.

Guides and Tutorials done so far:

How to Have the Best Modded Skyrim Experience
Rebuilding Skyrim from Scratch
SKSE and MCM Menu Troubleshooting
Magic Resistance Primer

The guides are currently in Rich Text Format. This should allow anyone to view them. I may convert them to PDF if enough users request it.

These guides are made for users with some knowledge of Skyrim file locations and inner workings. Some expertise in Windows operating systems is required. If you are a true beginner you may need to get assistance from someone more experienced or a computer guru.

I personally run Windows 7 64-bit. It would be helpful for those running Windows XP or Windows 8 to verify the file paths in my guides.

Tips and helpful information is appreciated. If I like your suggestion I may add it to my guides and give you credit next to your suggestion.

You are free to use my guides for personal use. If you wish to use them on your own site or use parts of my guides you have permission to do so as long as you give me credit and provide a link to my guide.






11/03/2014
How to Have the Best Modded Skyrim Experience' Guide is now version 3.1.  Added feedback from tonycubed2 and Jebbalon.  Added a
'Operating System & Skyrim Resources' - 'LOOT' - and 'Helpful Tutorials' section.  Improved the 'INI' section and updated
several other sections.  Removed the 'Limiting FPS' section - not needed.

'Rebuilding Skyrim from Scratch' is now version 2.1.  Updated all sections. Great guide if you want to start 100% fresh with a new clean Skyrim
installation.

10/24/2014
How to Have the Best Modded Skyrim Experience' Guide is now version 3.0.  Major revision! All sections updated and improved. Added several new sections: Wrye Bash, TES5Edit, Troubleshooting CTD
Issues, plus more.

Rebuilding Skyrim from Scatch is now version 2.0.  Updated all sections. Great guide if you want to start 100% fresh with a new clean Skyrim installation.

07/01/2014
'How to Have the Best Modded Skyrim Experience' Guide is now version 2.1. Added some additional information about Perk and ReProccer mods in the High Risk Mod section.

06/28/2014
'How to Have the Best Modded Skyrim Experience' Guide is in it's 9th revision and is now version 2.0! Added several new sections and updated others. Well worth reading again if you have an old version!

'Rebuilding Skyrim from Scratch' is now version 1.2. Added four new sections and updated the others.

06/10/2014
Updated 'How to have the Best Modded Skyrim Experience' to version 1.8.
Sorry for the rapid update. Missed a critical step in the 'Clean Save Procedure' section. Improved a few other steps in this section.

06/09/2014
Updated 'How to have the Best Modded Skyrim Experience' to version 1.7.
Added two new sections - 'Backup Skyrim' and 'Clean Save Procedure'. Minor updates to the other sections.

06/02/2014
Updated 'How to have the Best Modded Skyrim Experience' to version 1.6.
Added three new sections - Preface, Who this guide is written for, and Disclaimer. Minor updates to the other sections.

05/30/2014
Minor updates to 'How to have the Best Modded Skyrim Experience'. Now version 1.5

05/28/2014
Updated and renamed 'How to Have the Best Modded Skyrim Experience' to version 1.4
Major updates to the mod risk section and minor updates to the other sections


05/26/2014
Major Update for all Guides! All sections improved and updated!

02/19/2013
How to have the Best Skyrim Experience (version 1.2)
- Updated all sections
- Added the following sections:
1. Mod Compatibility (thanks to Fightback)
2. Load Order

SKSE and MCM Menu Troubleshooting (version 1.2)
- Made minor updates
- Updated - 'One mod doesn't show MCM menu options but the others do' (thanks to tonycubed2)

02/18/2013
Added - Magic Resistance Primer (version 1.0)

SKSE and MCM Menu Troubleshooting (version 1.1)
- Added an Anti-Virus section
- Made minor updates to other sections
- Renamed the guide to 'SKSE and MCM Menu Troubleshooting'

How to have the Best Skyrim Experience (version 1.1)
- Completely reworked the Mod section (thanks to Fightback's input)
- Added the following sections:
1. Anti-Virus
2. Miscellaneous Tips
3. When Problems Occur

02/15/2013
Version 1.0 - Initial Release


Have an awesome Skyrim experience!

CrushBoss




Essential
Unofficial Skyrim Patch
Unofficial Dawnguard Patch
Unofficial Hearthfire Patch
Unofficial Dragonborn Patch
SKSE (latest non-alpha/beta version is highly recommended)
BOSS (outdated and no longer being developed) Or LOOT
Wrye Bash
ENBoost (only if not using a full ENB - use version 0.236 of ENBSeries)
SkyUI
Fuz Ro Doh
Brawl Bugs - Compatibility Edition

User Interface
Immersive HUD - iHUD
Less Intrusive HUD II
Extended UI
Better Dialog Controls
Better MessageBox Controls
Categorized Favorites Menu
A Quality World Map

Combat
Deadly Combat, Or Duel - Combat Realism, Or Ultimate Combat
Combat Evolved

Encounter
Animal Tweaks
Deadly Wenches
OBIS - Organized Bandits In Skyrim
Skyrim Immersive Creatures
Deadly Dragons (don't install the optional Deadly Monsters component - it conflicts with too many other mods)
Bellyaches New Dragon Species
Immersive Patrols II
PermaZONES - Dangerous Encounter Zones for Skyrim
Populated Forts Towers Places (Google 'Erkeil Team – SKYRIM MODS')

Encounter - For High End Gaming Systems, Highly Optimized Games, and Advanced to Guru players
The Way of the Dovahkiin - Ultimate Deadly Encounters aka Sands of Time (don't install this mid-game!)
WARZONES 2015 - Civil Unrest (don't install this mid-game!)
High Level Enemies - scaled version - add all the DLC optionals - I prefer not to use the SIC edition if also using Revenge
Revenge of the Enemies - use the SIC Revenge patch from the SIC site

Quest
The Paarthurnax Dilemma
Barenziah Quest Markers
Dragon Priest Mask Quest Markers

Follower and Dialog
Extensible Follower Framework (latest version) (highly recommended) Or Amazing Follower Tweaks
Follower Commentary Overhaul
Guard Dialog Overhaul
MFVM - More Follower Voices Mod Plus Khajiit Marriage
Sleep Tight

Gameplay
Perkus Maximus (Perma)
PerMa Compatibility and PaMa Patches (PCaPP)
Defluffing PerMa and PerMa Extended Perk Descriptions
Perma Patches and Tweaks
Weapons and Armor Fixes Remade (use 01 WAF Complete and 08 True Orcish Daedric + any needed patches)
Elys Community Uncapper (use the INI from the Combat Evolved or PCaPP site)
Longer Durations and Annoyance Fixes
Forgotten Magic Redone
The Real Way to Shout
Marked for Death - Ultimate
Simple Spell Scaling (if not using Perma)
NPCs Protected Redux with Uncapped Followers
Backup Movement Speed Reduction
Treebalance - Speech Tree (if not using Perma or a Speechcraft perk overhaul)

Werewolf and Vampire
Better Vampires - ML (turn corpse feeding OFF - buggy) - need someone to tell me how to turn off slow motion attacks, PM me
Bloodthirst - Vampire NPCs can feed
Dark Maneuvers
Moonlight Tales - Werewolf and Werebear Overhaul or Moonlight Tales - Werewolf Essentials
Heart of the Beast - Werewolf Sound and Texture Overhaul (Alpha sounds, meshes, textures)
Werewolf Perks Expanded

Miscellaneous
VioLens - A Killmove Mod
Unread Books Glow
Lanterns of Skyrim (set timer to 120 seconds)
New Bard Songs
NPCs of Dibella
Immersive Wenches
Smaller Atronachs
Face Light
Faster GET UP STAND UP animation
Realistic Ragdolls and Force - use the Realistic version - you ONLY need the ESP
XP32 Maximum Skeleton -XPMS - use the 1.9x version unless you have to have HDT (should be the last mod that you install)
Glowing Ore Veins
Faster Mining
More Firewood per Chop

Sound
Better Animal Footsteps (install this mod first (before other sound mods) to allow other sound mods to overwrite some files)
Audio Overhaul for Skyrim 2 (make sure you add patches for any needed mods)
Immersive Sounds - Compendium (make sure you add patches for any needed mods)
Fantasy Sountrack Project + Combat Music - Google 'AceeQ Modding' (use non-replacers) (make sure you add patches for any needed mods)
Immersive Skyrim Thunder
Enhanced Draugr FX
Enhanced Beast FX
Thundering Shouts

Guides and Tutorials
Skyrim Guides and Tutorials

Utilities
TES5Edit (release version) or TES5Edit (pre-release version - recommended)
TES5Edit Merge Script
Optimizer Textures (use minimal setting - don't include BSAs)
Optimizer Textures – Improved INI file
Savegame Script Scalpel - Papyrus Data Transfer
BSA Unpacker

Make sure that you install any needed mod requirements/dependencies and compatibility patches for the mods that you use. Please pay close attention to this! Follow ALL mod instructions for each mod that you install!

These are the Core mods that I run and have been running many of them for years without issue. The above mods I recommend without reservation and are generally solid and well written.





Highly Recommended System Specs:

Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8 64-bit
Intel Core i7 Quad-Core or Intel Core i5 Dual or Quad Core Processor
8 GB DD3 RAM (or more)
Nvidia GeForce 580, 680, 770, 780, 970 or faster Video card with a minimum of 2 GB VRAM (3-6 GB VRAM is optimal)
Optimize your Skyrim setup using all of the advice in this guide
- How to Have the Best Modded Skyrim Experience

If you don't have the Optimal System Specs then choose 1K versions (whenever possible).

Bethesda Hi-Res DLC Optimized - Full 1K (use this instead of the Official High Resolution Texture Packs!)
Langleys Textures Workshop - all-in-one
Dust Effects
Vivid Clouds and Fogs
Realistic Clouds - 2K
Luminescent Luna Moths - CyanMoth
Better Dynamic Snow
Quality Snow HD 4K - works with Better Dynamic Snow
Quality Snowflakes
AURORA - v2 x2048
Real Roads for Skyrim
Ruins Clutter Improvement
Skyrim Realistic Overhaul - SRO - Google 'Skyrim Realistic Overhaul - SRO torrent' - beware that many torrent clients and torrent sites are fully of viruses, malware, and spyware - PM me for recommendations
Skyrim Realistic Texture Overhaul Landscape - don't use LODs
SkyFalls and SkyMills - if installing manually make sure you check each folder for files - it's super easy to miss some and will break your game if you do - carefully follow all instructions!
Cinematic Fire Effects 2 HD
SMIM - Full - use the all-in-one ESP
Skyrim HD 2K - Full
Moss Rocks - use SMIM compatible version
Skyrim Realistic Texture Overhaul Dragons - download the Deadly Dragons and Bellyaches New Dragon Species addons
Project Parallax Remastered HD 2K - only if using an ENB
Project Parallax Stonewall Update - only if using an ENB
Vivid Landscapes - Dungeons & Ruins - 2048 - use SMIM and Better Dynamic Snow patches
Vivid Landscapes - Volcanic Area - 2048 - use HQ Parallax optional
aMidianBorn Caves and Mines
Skyrim Flora Overhaul - Full Regular - v.2.0 alpha or newer
Realistic Aspen Trees
Vivid Landscapes - Cliffs & Creeks - 2048
Superior Rocks - Light Grey HD-2K NEW
Seasons of Skyrim ENB - (personal preference is True HDR with No DOF optional)
Real Ice - Azure Glacier - 2K + Parallax - install less bright addon
Vivid Landscapes - Tundra Moss Revised - red - use Parallax Map addon (if using an ENB) plus the SMIM patch
Realistic Water Two - High Resolution
Realistic Water Two - ENB Textures - only if using an ENB
Watercolor for ENB and Realistic Water Two - only if using an ENB - follow all instructions!
SkyFalls and SkyMills - (Main mod already installed) - install Parallax (if using Project Parallax Remastered), Realistic Water Two patch, LOD addon
HD Enhanced Terrain PRO - Blended Version
Vivid Landscapes - Orc and Farmhouses - 2048 - use SMIM Ropes and SMIM Carriages downloads
Rustic Windows
High Quality Food and Ingredients
Jen's 2K Food and Ingredients
Realistic Sun and Sunglare - Climates of Tamriel not needed or required
Realistic Smoke and Embers
Detailed Rugs
Natural Grass Texture Floor
High Definition Ivy
Webs
Better Nirnroot
Blacksmithing Design HD
Roadsigns Redone
Animated Dwemer Lift Load Doors
EWIs Glowing Mushrooms, Hanging Moss, Blackreach Mushrooms, HD Thickets
Skygazer Moons - 2K
Oil - 2K
Realistic HD Ores
Realistic HD Ingots
Realistic HD Misc
PELTAPALOOZA - Pelts of Skyrim Expansion
Verdant - A Skyrim Grass Plugin (shorter grass version) (set iMinGrassSize=75 for best results)
Rustic Pottery
CM Bark - need the URL, please PM me
4K Parallax Treebark - 2K - use Realistic Aspen Trees patch
RUSTIC POTIONS and POISONS - 2K
Embers HD - 2048 - install forges addon
Vivid Landscapes - Tundra Region - 2K - install any patches that you want
Lock o Motion

Make sure that you install any needed mod requirements/dependencies and compatibility patches for the mods that you use. Please pay close attention to this! Follow ALL mod instructions for each mod that you install!

These are the Core mods that I run and have been running many of them for years without issue. The above mods I recommend without reservation and are generally solid and well written.






Bethesda - For the awesome Elder Scrolls series and their Construction Kit
The Nexus Staff - For putting together a forum for sharing mods and bringing this community together
GhostAgent - For creating the description page design and graphics