File Cleaning

Info: Bethesda's official DLCs, which are included in the Special Edition, contain deleted references, which can cause problems when modding the game. These "dirty edits" are not causing any problem if the game is left un-modded. However, when mods are loaded, these dirty edits can cause crashes. Why Bethesda didn't think it was necessary to spend the 10 minutes it takes to clean up their sloppy editing before release (twice) is a mystery, but fortunately it's very easy to clean it up for them. A "dirty edit", is when a DLC (or a mod) contains data which removes an object by deleting it. If only that one specific mod or DLC is loaded, this won't cause any problems, however if another mod has a reference to that specific object that was deleted, then the game will most likely crash when encountering the object in-game. SSEEdit can "undelete" such deleted records, and "disable" them instead. This will leave references from other mods still being valid (no crash), and prevent the object from appearing in-game at the same time. SSEEdit can also fix a lot of other issues, but those are not important for any mods included in this guide. All mods recommended here have already been thoroughly tested for compatibility. Only the official DLC-files from Bethesda should to be cleaned. If you want to further optimize, check out this cleaning guide: (LINK) *It's made for the old Skyrim, but SSE works the same way.

If you haven't done so already, download and install SSEEdit (LINK)
Unpack the files to any folder.
 


Cleaning the Update & DLC files


The official Skyrim update file and the DLCs have to be cleaned individually, one by one.


Clean the Update

1: Launch SSEEditQuickAutoClean.exe
2: Select the Update.esm

3: Click OK, and wait for the process to complete
4: Once completed, closed SSEEdit.

Clean the Dawnguard DLC

1: Launch SSEEditQuickAutoClean.exe
2: Select Dawnguard.esm

3: Click OK, and wait for the process to complete
4: Once completed, closed SSEEdit.

Clean the HearthFires DLC

1: Launch SSEEditQuickAutoClean.exe
2: Select the HearthFires.esm

3: Click OK, and wait for the process to complete
4: Once completed, closed SSEEdit.

Clean the Dragonborn DLC

1: Launch SSEEditQuickAutoClean.exe
2: Select Dragonborn.esm

3: Click OK, and wait for the process to complete
4: Once completed, closed SSEEdit.

 


Launch the game to see if everything works
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If the game crashes, don't worry. This happens sometimes at the very first launch after making file-changes. It happens because of inconsistency between the new files and the game-cache. - Just start the game again and everything will work just fine.

 


Proceed to Tweaks
Some changes still need to be made before the mods can work properly