Setting up Skyrim SE to work with Mods & ENB

These changes are absolutely necessary for Skyrim SE to work properly with mods. If you start modding Skyrim before making these changes, the game will most likely not make it past the main-menu before crashing.

With the exception of number 5, these changes are absolutely necessary for Skyrim SE to work with mods.


1: Drivers Settings
2: INI files
3:
Load-Order
4: FNIS
5: Windows (Optional)


1 - Drivers Settings
In order for the ENB to work properly, the games own anti aliasing MUST be disabled


Open up the nVidia Control Panel, go to "Manage 3D settings" and choose "Program Settings" and find Skyrim SE.

Set the following parameters:

Absolutely necessary:  
Anti aliasing - FXAA Off
Anti aliasing - Gamma correction Off
Anti aliasing - Mode Off
Anti aliasing - Setting Application-controlled
Anti aliasing - Transparency Off

Recommended:
 
Threaded Optimization On *ONLY if you have a multi-core CPU
Vertical sync On

The ENB uses it's own anti aliasing. Enabling the drivers AA at the same time will result in weird errors like flickering textures, stutter, incorrect brightness and missing effects.

*If you use ATI/AMD or Intel graphic card, use Google to find out how to apply similar settings.

 


2 - INI Files


Some settings in Skyrim cannot be set via the regular settings menu or the launcher. The default available settings are actually VERY limited compared to the amount of actual settings. All of these settings are stored in two files. "Skyrim.ini" and "SkyrimPrefs.ini". Some of these settings can bring much better quality to the game, also, some mods require certain settings to be set for them to work as intended.

The ini files are usually located here: "C:\Users\(USERNAME)\Documents\My Games\Skyrim Special Edition\".
Open each file with notepad


Skyrim.ini
Add/change the following lines:

[General]  *Multiple mods need this to work (Disables the invisible wall around the map)
bBorderRegionsEnabled=0

[General]  *Enables alt-tab
bAlwaysActive=1

[General]  *Add this only if you have a multi-core CPU
iNumHWThreads=8
iHWThread6=7
iHWThread5=6
iHWThread4=5
iHWThread3=4
iHWThread2=3
iHWThread1=2
iAIThread3HWThread=5
iAIThread2HWThread=4
iAIThread1HWThread=3
bMultiThreadMovement=1
bUseThreadedParticleSystem=1
bUseThreadedBlood=1
bUseThreadedMorpher=1
bUseThreadedTempEffects=1
bUseThreadedTextures=1
bUseThreadedMeshes=1
bUseThreadedLOD=1
bUseThreadedAI=1
bUseHardDriveCache=1

[Display]   *Add these lines if you want to change your Field of View. I personally like 90, but choose any FOV you like. (default is 65)
fDefaultFOV=90
fDefaultWorldFOV=90
fDefault1stPersonFOV=90
fNearDistance=17.0000  *If you keep FOV at 65 instead of changing to 90, don't change this number either. Keep it at it's original value

[Display]  *Better shadow movement from sunlight
fSunUpdateThreshold=1.5

[Display]  *Fixes an error where shadows flicker with slight movement
bDisableShadowJumps=1

[Display]  *Needed for Claralux
fFirstSliceDistance=4096
fSpecularLODStartFade=2500
fSpecularLODMaxStartFade=3000

[BackgroundLoad]   *Add this only if you have a multi-core CPU
bBackgroundLoadLipFiles=1
bLoadBackgroundFaceGen=1
bUseMultiThreadedFaceGen=1
bBackgroundCellLoads=1
bLoadHelmetsInBackground=1
bUseMultiThreadedTrees=1
bUseBackgroundFileLoader=1

[Animation]   *Add this only if you have a multi-core CPU
bMultiThreadBoneUpdate=1

[Grass]   *Needed by most grass mods
bAllowCreateGrass=1
bAllowLoadGrass=0
fGrassMaxStartFadeDistance=9000.0000
iMaxGrassTypesPerTexure=15
iMinGrassSize=40

[Decals]   *Add this only if you have a multi-core CPU
bDecalMultithreaded=1

[Decals]  *Multiple mods need this to work
uMaxSkinDecalPerActor=256

[HAVOK]   *Add this only if you have a multi-core CPU
iNumThreads=4 (This number should equal how many cores your CPU has. With the maximum of 4)

[Papyrus]   *These settings will allow scripts to get a little more time to run. (Important for stability when having many mods installed)
fUpdateBudgetMS=1.6
fExtraTaskletBudgetMS=1.6
fPostLoadUpdateTimeMS=2000
iMinMemoryPageSize=256

[Water]  *Better water-reflection
bReflectLODObjects=1
bReflectLODLand=1
bReflectSky=1
bReflectLODTrees=1

 

SkyrimPrefs.ini
Add/change the following lines:

[General]   *Add this only if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseThreadedParticleSystem=1
bUseThreadedBlood=1
bUseThreadedMorpher=1
bUseThreadedTempEffects=1
bUseThreadedTextures=1
bUseThreadedMeshes=1
bUseThreadedLOD=1
bUseThreadedAI=1
bUseThreadedMorpher=1

[BackgroundLoad]   *Add this only if you have a multi-core CPU
bBackgroundLoadLipFiles=1
bLoadBackgroundFaceGen=1
bUseMultiThreadedFaceGen=1
bBackgroundCellLoads=1
bLoadHelmetsInBackground=1
bUseMultiThreadedTrees=1
bUseBackgroundFileLoader=1

[Display]   *Change this lines if you changed Field of View in the Skyrim.ini file. (default is 65)
fDefaultFOV=90

[Display]  *Needed for the ENB
bBorderless=1
bFull Screen=0
bFXAAEnabled=0
bUseTAA=0

[Display]  *Multiple mods need this to work
iMaxSkinDecalsPerFrame=512

[Display]  *Better shadows
fInteriorShadowDistance=8000.0000
fShadowDistance=5000.0000
iShadowMapResolution=8192
iShadowMapResolutionPrimary=8192
iShadowMapResolutionSecondary=8192
bDeferredShadows=1
fShadowBiasScale=0.1500
iBlurDeferredShadowMask=3
iShadowMaskQuarter=4
iShadowFilter=4
bTreesReceiveShadows=1
bDrawLandShadows=1
bDrawShadows=1
bShadowMaskZPrePass=0
iShadowMode=4
fShadowLODStartFade=400.0000

[Display]  *Needed for Claralux
fLightLODStartFade=15000
fLightLODMaxStartFade=20000

[Decals]   *Add this only if you have a multi-core CPU
bDecalMultithreaded=1

[Decals]  *Multiple mods need this to work
bSkinnedDecals=1
uMaxSkinDecals=1024

[Grass]  *Multiple mods need this to work
fGrassStartFadeDistance=9000.0000
fGrassMaxStartFadeDistance=9000.0000

[MAIN]   *Quick-save and auto-save has a high chance of corrupting save-game files. ALWAYS use regular save, never quick or auto-save
bSaveOnPause=0
bSaveOnRest=0
bSaveOnTravel=0
bSaveOnWait=0
bDisableAutoSave=1

[MAIN]   *Helps minimize flickering textures
fSkyCellRefFadeDistance=400000.0000

[TerrainManager]   *Helps minimize flickering textures
fBlockLevel0Distance=70000.0000
fBlockLevel1Distance=140000.0000
fBlockMaximumDistance=400000.0000
fSplitDistanceMult=3.0000

[NavMesh]  *Add this only if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseThreadedMeshes=1

[Trees]  *Add this only if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseMultiThreadedTrees=1
bShadowMaskZPrePass=1

 

Launch the game and make sure everything works


Then proceed to the Mod-List
*The rest of this section is for after the mods have been installed


 

 


3 - Load-Order


Info: The load-order is a list that determines in which order Skyrim loads additional content (mods). The load-order has 255 slots which are loaded into the memory one by one in the exact order they are listed, top to bottom. If identical data appears (If two mods contain data in the same records), then the last mod (furthest down), overwrites whatever came before. Also, if a mod has references to another mod, this other mod HAS to be listed in the load-order before the mod with the dependency. If a mod is depending on something that is missing or listed later in the load-order, Skyrim will either not load those mods, load them with errors, or not even start. Besides dependencies, some mods also edit the same data, and the load-order dictates which data takes priority. These "conflicts" can cause all kind of errors if the mods are not placed correctly. Having a correct load-order is absolutely necessary for the game to work with mods.

If you didn't install all mods, but lets say, only installed the ones without a colored square, then you won't find all these items in your own load-order. Whenever an item is "missing", just skip it, but keep everything else in the exact same order from top to bottom.


Note: DON'T use Loot. I know it's tempting to have a program sort the whole thing, but unfortunately Loot isn't able to sort the list correctly. You can of course start by sorting with Loot, but then you NEED to correct the load-order yourself afterwards.
 

Correct Load-Order:
Start
NMM and click the "Plugins" tab. Then sort everything according to this list
*Items with red text should be unchecked

 

Skyrim.esm
Update.esm
Dragonborn.esm
HearthFires.esm
Dawnguard.esm
Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch.esp
Unofficial Skyrim Modders Patch.esp
Skyrim Project Optimization - Full Version.esm
Occ_Skyrim_Tamriel.esp
Vanilla Script MicroOptimizations.esl
DwemerGatesNoRelock.esl
Navigator-NavFixes.esl
Landscape and Water Fixes.esp
Lightened Skyrim - merged.esp
BetterDynamicAsh-DisableRefs.esm
SolstheimLighthouse.esl
WhiterunHoldForest.esp
Wyrmstooth.esp
Falskaar.esm
Dwarfsphere.esp
Vigilant.esm
Midwood Isle.esp
Penitus_Oculatus.esp
Vuldur.esm
Vominheim.esm
RaceCompatibility.esm
Heel Sounds.esm
ApachiiHairMales.esm
ApachiiHairFemales.esm
ApachiiHair.esm
High Poly Head.esm
3DNPC.esp
OSA.esm
FlowerGirls SE.esm
FlowerGirls SE Threesome Fix.esl
ClimatesOfTamriel.esm
Undriel_FallingGildergreenPetals.esl
AnimatedHarvesting.esl
MI Alt Ship Loc 2.esp
Particle Patch for ENB SSE.esp
Falskaar - Fast Travel.esp
Falskaar - Boat Location.esp
Falskaar - Unique Region Names.esp
Falskaar - Bug Fixes.esp
Project AHO - Smelter Patch.esp
DwarfsphereImprovedPatch.esp
Project AHO Unofficial Patch.esp
Vigilant Voised.esp
Vigilant - Book Covers.esp
Vigilant CBBE Patch.esp
VigilantNoHoods.esp
StendarrReplacer.esp
Northshore Landing Ghost ship - ESL 1.0.esp
Vominheim - Cats.esp
Vominheim - Fog fix.esp
Vominheim - Grasses.esp
High Poly NPC Conversion - Hammet's Dungeons.esp
High Poly NPC conversion Vominheim.esp
CBBE.esp
ChillwindDephts.esp
Dawnguard Dont Hunt Cured Vampires.esp
ImperialSoldiersEscortFix.esp
shalidor's maze fixes.esp
CrimeFactionAlikr.esp
Blacksmith Forge Water Fix SE USSEP.esp
College of Winterhold Quest Start Fixes.esp
FloraRespawnFix.esp
Modern Brawl Bug Fix.esp
HearthFires Display Case Fix SE.esp
Potema Fix.esp

Fix_Merge.esp
PotemaCrashFix.esp
AnthorDragonFix.esp
Nilheim.esp
AudibleNPCDialogues.esp
Quest Conflict Fixes.esp
StalhrimSourceFix.esp
Dragonborn Delayed - After Horn Of Jurgen Windcaller.esp
Dawnguard Delayed - Level 30.esp
KS Hairdo's.esp
TerrainLodRedone.esp
Dragonsreach Balcony Landscape Fix.esp
HD Lods SSE.esp
SMIM-SE-ShackRoofFixes.esp
SMIM-SE-ShackRoofFixesDragonborn.esp
SMIM-SE-FarmhouseFlickeringFix.esp
SMIM-SE-SolitudeDocksFixes.esp
SMIM-SE-RiftenDocksRopesObjectFix.esp
SMIM-SE-FurnitureChestSnowFix.esp
SMIM-SE-DungeonsCliffsIceSkirts.esp
SMIM_Merge.esp
HHrithgarPotFix14.esp
Better Dynamic Snow SE.esp
Better Dynamic Ash.esp
DepthsOfSkyrim.esp
Reverb and Ambience Overhaul - Skyrim.esp
SkyrimImprovedPuddles-DG-HF-DB.esp
Enhanced Vanilla Trees SSE.esp
Veydosebrom - Grasses and Groundcover.esp
Purewaters.esp
BirdsOfSkyrim_SSE.esp
Skyrim Better Roads - All In One - Merged.esp
Smoking Torches and Candles.esp
SkyrimIsWindy.esp
TAVERiften.esp
RiverwoodEnhancedPlugin.esp
TAVESolitude.esp
TownsAndCitiesEnhanced.esp
WhiterunInEnhanced.esp
TAVEWindhelm.esp
TAVEMarkarth.esp
NoGrassINCaves.esp
NoGrassias.esp
Landscape Fixes For Grass Mods.esp
Landscape and Water Fixes - Patch - LFfGM.esp
Wolfskull Cave Fix.esp
sandboxcylinderheight.esp
Helsmyrr.esp
Yggdrasil - Nirn Tree.esp
Falkreath_Bathhouse.esp
bathhouse.esp
Windhelm Royal Bath - AriusVault.esp
TheEvilMansionFE.esp
WyvernRock.esp
WyvernRockHearthfire.esp
RavenscaleCastle.esp
TimberSprings.esp
Cidhna Mine Expanded.esp
WhiteWatch.esp
Inns and Taverns.esp
HearthfireBathsAll.esp
Missives.esp
treasure_hunt.esp
Sidequests of Skyrim.esp
Distinct Interiors.esp
aaaGraniteHill.esp
KSHairForJRGH.esp
Dreamborne Islands.esp
Jewel Of Solstheim.esp
KarlovManorSSE.esp
KelRiiTemple.esp
Maelstrom.esp
Maelstrom Jocelyn OP Makeover.esp
MagicalBlackreach.esp
Whistling Mine.esp
ModdorManoir.esp
Nordic Ruins of Skyrim.esp
Northpoint.esp
Northpoint - POP.esp
Missives - Northpoint.esp
BDS_NOR_FSK_WYR.esp
MagicalCollegeofWinterhold.esp
ReturnToPelagiusMind.esp
RavenCastle.esp
Rigmor.esp
River Rock Village.esp
ShowersInInns.esp
AKSkyrimUnderground.esp
The Great City of Solitude.esp
USSEP - The Great City of Solitude Patch.esp
The Great City of Winterhold.esp
The Distinct Great Winterhold Interiors.esp
The Great City of Winterhold - SPO Patch.esp
HillHouse.esp
HillHouseFlowerGirlPatch.esp
AddChoices01.esp
Maraf.esp
White flower EN.esp
WhiteLighthouseSE.esp
SimplyKnock.esp
icepenguinworldmapclassic.esp
Saeri_AetherialCrown.esp
Book Covers Skyrim.esp
DibellaStatuesFixes.esp
PraedysSkulls.esp
GQJ_DG_vampireamuletfix.esp
RUSTIC SOULGEMS - Unsorted.esp
SkyUI_SE.esp
AutoKillMoveScreenshots.esp
RaceMenu.esp
RaceMenuPlugin.esp
iHUD.esp
Bathing in Skyrim - Main.esp
BISSE - Wyrmstooth.esp
BISSE - Falskaar.esp
Bathing in Skyrim - Seamless soap texture patch.esp
SoapRetex_BIS.esp
Believable Crime Report Radius.esp
Fixed body collision.esp
MannequinStayPut.esp
NARC SE for Falskaar.esp
RaceCompatibilityUSKPOverride.esp
Race Compatibility Dialogue SSE.esp
Race Compatibility Dialogue SSE - Falskaar.esp
Race Compatibility Dialogue SSE - Project AHO.esp
ProjectAHO - StartWhenYouWant.esp
XPMSE.esp
LazyTools.esp
RaceMenuHH.esp
FNIS.esp
FNISspells.esp
Animated Dragon WingsSE.esp
Better Females - Eyebrows.esp
SGEyebrows.esp
Improved Eyes Skyrim.esp
TheEyesOfBeauty.esp
BVFE.esp
Followers Don't Draw Weapons.esp
No More Standing Too Close SSE 1-0.esp
dD-No Spinning Death Animation.esp
ImGladYoureHere.esp
LunariRace.esp
Lunari High Poly Head.esp
SuccubusRaceLite.esp
Succubus High Poly Head.esp
TemptressVixen.esp
Temptress High Poly Head.esp
CobbVampShade.esp
No More Ugly Effects SE.esp
Teach Followers Spells.esp
Weapons Armor Clothing & Clutter Fixes.esp
WACCF_BashedPatchLvlListFix.esp
USMP - WACCF patch.esp
WACCF - Hooded Skeleton Corpse Fix.esp
aMidianborn_Skyforge_Weapons.esp
ElvenSilver Dagger.esp
shieldsoftheholds.esp
FS_UltimateAssortment.esp
WeaponsOf3E_SSE.esp
Ghorza's Armor.esp
Ghorza's Weapons.esp
KCEBattleClaws.esp
SPOAsilverknight.esp
SPOA_shield.esp
CrimsonTwilightArmor.esp
ScarletDawnArmor.esp
NS_Eilhart_Dress.esp
Armor_Merge_1.esp
JS Barenziah SE - Johnskyrim.esp
zzzUnderwear.esp
LustmordVampireArmor.esp
Merta Assassin Armor.esp
Merta Black Rose Armor.esp
DX Dark Knight Shield.esp
DX Dark Knight Armor.esp

DX Dark Knight Armor & Shield.esp
Daring Demon Hunter.esp
Daughters of Dimitrescu.esp
Celes Nightingale Armor.esp
Crimson Blood Armor.esp
DX Witcher Armor.esp
DCR_KingCrusaderMegaPack_SSE.esp
Daedric Chainmail - CBBE(SSE)Bodyslide.esp
Justice Glass Armor.esp
Justice Stalhrim Armor.esp
Skysan_GlassAW.esp
Skysan_Stalhrim.esp
Armor_Merge_2.esp
TeraRogueCBBE.esp
TeraSuccubusArmor.esp
TheAmazingWorldOfBikiniArmor.esp
TaWoBA Skyforge Fixes.esp
TAWOBA LL No Chance Topless.esp
VampireLeatherArmorSet.esp
Witch Of The Wild.esp
C5Kev's Black Bandit Armor 3BA.esp
[SunJeong] Charles Rene.esp
Black Rose.esp
[SunJeong] Nausicaa Lingerie.esp
QueenRxBikiniD.esp
UNP Undies.esp
HentaiVoidArmor.esp
Aradia Lace Dress.esp
Aradia Lingerie Dress.esp
Armor_Merge_3.esp
[COCO]wedding_2B.esp
[COCO]Anaconda.esp
[COCO] Pinup Cheongsam.esp
Flyin Dance SE.esp
Winter Snow Dress.esp
BlackreachMudcrabs.esp
Blackreach Mudcrabs - Wyrmstooth Patch.esp
Populated Forts Towers Places Legendary.esp
Populated Skyrim Prisons Cells.esp
Populated Solstheim.esp
ICNs_ImmersiveCollegeNPCs.esp
seedymerchant.esp
Redguard Follower Set.esp
000AemiliaFollower.esp
Alban Nyr - Standalone Follower.esp
Bac_Anita Follower.esp
Arien.esp
Armana.esp
Astana.esp
Athenyaa Athos.esp
BlackRose.esp
HouseMansion.esp
Milante.esp
Dvorec.esp
Calista Summerstar.esp
Dallas Follower.esp
_MelissaX.esp
DJQZafira.esp
Ella Follower.esp
FollowerEmily.esp
YuiH StandAlone Follower - Eva.esp
HOBEveline.esp
MBWSYNFollowersACT2.esp
GK-Orcfollowers.esp
GKRedguard.esp
Hunters.esp
Inuel.esp
(SDZ21) IreneFollower.esp
KamilahFollower.esp
Kellece.esp
Khalia Follower.esp
Khorah Orc Follower.esp
Lady Arkay.esp
Andromeda.esp
Lendri.esp
Skix Follower Lilla.esp
LunariWarriors.esp
Skix Follower Luzie.esp
AZ_MaiaFollower.esp
Marie A Redhead Follower 0.9.esp
Marie Follower - Vampire.esp
MillaMilova.esp
Nicky.esp
PAN_FollowerPack1.esp
RayneStandaloneFollower.esp
SassyTeen.esp
Seductress Elizabeth.esp
SnowFollower.esp
Unicorn.esp
Vanmoriel_Standalone_Follower.esp
Victoria Velina Revamped.esp
Immersive Wenches.esp
Immersive Wenches -KS hairs- Patch.esp
Deadly Wenches.esp
3DNPC0.esp
Kai_3DNPC-WACCF_Patch.esp
Cuyima 3DNPC - Redone.esp
Race Compatibility Dialogue SSE - Interesting NPCs.esp
Modpocalypse NPCs (v3) SSE.esp
PAN_NPCs_Males.esp
PAN_NPCs_Males2.esp
TKAA.esp
Falskaar TKAA Patch.esp
Rigmor TKAA Patch.esp
3DNPC TKAA Patch.esp
Taarie and Endarie Re-Imagined.esp
KaliliesNPCs.esp
PAN_Sovngarde.esp
PAN_NPCs.esp
PAN_NPCs_DB.esp
PAN_NPCs_DG.esp
IB - All-in-One.esp
Adrianne.esp
Carlotta.esp
Hulda.esp
Idgrod the younger.esp
Ingun.esp
Irileth.esp
Lisette.esp
Maven.esp
Rikke.esp
Sapphire.esp
Tonilia.esp
Bijin_Merge.esp
Josephine - Replacer of Irileth.esp
MigalsHousecarlBeauties.esp
SBF Ingjard.esp
SBF Beleval.esp
SBF Adelaisa.esp
SBF Brelyna.esp
SBF DB-Inisiate.esp
SBF Eola.esp
SBF Frea.esp
SBF Illia.esp
SBF Jenassa.esp
SBF Jordis.esp
SBF Mjoll.esp
SBF Njada.esp
SBF Ria.esp
SBF Uthgerd.esp
SBF Aranea.esp
SBF Anneke.esp
SBF Aela.esp
SBF Borgakh.esp
SBF_Merge.esp
PAN_Initiates.esp
NX_NPCs.esp
HottIldari.esp
Khaliza of Gilane.esp
Lynn.esp
MBWSNPCReplace_karliahnohood.esp
spelltomeconjureetherealhorse.esp
Run For Your Lives.esp
PositiveUndressedReactions.esp
IndecentExposure.esp
SleepTight.esp
Super Simple Needs.esp
SensualNeedsFG.esp
AmazingFollowerTweaks.esp
AFT - 3DNPC Patch.esp
Relationship Dialogue Overhaul.esp
RDO - AFT v1.66 Patch.esp
RDO Updated.esp
Hunters Not Bandits.esp
USMP - RDO patch.esp
Race Compatibility Dialogue SSE - RDO.esp
LovelyLetter.esp
OStim.esp
OHeels.esp
FlowerGirls_Replacer(NocturnalRobes).esp
SexLab-AmorousAdventures.esp
FlowerGirls SE - Adventures.esp
FlowerGirls SE - IW Patch.esp
AmorousPlayerDialogueRewritten.esp
FGMoreAdventures.esp
Flower Girls NPC Relationships.esp
Sex Scene Framework.esp
Sex Scene Framework - Flower Girls.esp
Sex Scene Framework - Lore Friendly Relationships.esp
RomanceOfNPCs.esp
SeranaDialogAddon.esp
SDA-AA Patch.esp
SDA DX Crimson Blood Patch.esp
SDA RDO Patch.esp
RichMerchantsSkyrim_x5.esp
Ash Pile Expiration.esp
TougherTrolls.esp
FacelightPlus.esp
Grand Fireball.esp
zzVampireFaction.esp
BarenziahQuestMarkers.esp
JK Crafting Breakdown.esp
Craftable Torches.esp
Lost Art of the Blacksmith.esp
CarryWeight x100.esp
DibellasCompulsion-NudeSpell-1-1.esp
SpellTomeResurrectDead.esp
shorter_respawns.esp
Final_Merge.esp
CraftingVoidSalt.esp
Master Trainers 100.esp
sweepingOrganizesStuff.esp
GriptzionTeleportMenuSpell_DLC.esp
SuperbSerana.esp
Better Candlelight.esp
Timescale3.esp
Realistic Melee Range.esp
Combat Evolved.esp
SneakToolsSE.esp
Deadly Damage.esp
DifficultyMCM.esp
Less Sniperlike NPCs 70 percent.esp
Customizable Camera.esp
CLARALUX SSE.esp
CLARALUX SSE - USSEP.esp
Ebonvale.esp
GhostLight.esp
Picta Series - ENB Particle Glow - Architecture.esp
HearthfireLight-Reshaped.esp
Blowing in the Wind SSE.esp
Blowing in the Wind - SMIM Merged All Patch SSE.esp
Blowing in the Wind - CLARALUX Patch SSE.esp
Remove Interior Fog.esp
ClimatesOfTamriel-Dragonborn-Patch.esp
ClimatesOfTamriel-Dawnguard-Patch.esp
ClimatesOfTamriel Falskaar.esp
Supreme Storms - Cot Version.esp
ExpandedSnowSystems-CoT.esp
CoT-WeatherPatch.esp
CoT-WeatherPatch_DB.esp
CoT-WeatherPatch_SupStorms.esp
CoT-WeatherPatch_ESS.esp
ESS Patch for CoT DG Patch.esp

 


If you haven't already, run the FNIS tool a final time
Congratulations. The game is finally ready!
 

 


5 - FNIS Tool


FNIS is a tool that applies character animation to the game. Run FNIS every time you add, remove or change a mod that contains animations.

If you haven't already done so, create a shortcut to the tool.
Open the Skyrim SE game-folder and open "\Data\tools\GenerateFNIS_for_Users\" and make a shortcut to "GenerateFNISforUsers.exe"

Start the tool

Check: "GENDER Specific Animations"
Check: "SKELETON Arm Fix"
*Leave the rest unchecked
Then click: "Update FNIS Behavior" (See image below)

When the tool has run it's process, click "Consistence Check".
You should now see the text "0 possible consistence issues"
Click "Exit"

IMPORTANT: Run this tool EVERY time you add/remove/change mods that contain animations.

 

 


5 - Windows (Optional)

Having a fast and stable system is absolutely necessary to run a heavily modded Skyrim. If you have a high-end system, you should have nothing to worry about, even with all mods installed. But if you have a semi-old or medium-spec system, it will be put to the test. Skyrim needs the best possible conditions to perform. If you already have a fast and stable system, just skip this.


Cleaning/optimizing Windows is of course a huge subject, so I will not go into details, but rather give suggestions about what to look out for. This is written for Windows 7 x64, but most things apply to XP/Vista/Win8/Win10 (32/64bit) as well.

1: Make sure your system is virus/mal-ware free. (It's a given, but I'm writing it anyway)
2: Have as few unnecessary programs running in the background as possible. Preferably non.
3: Never have real-time anti-virus programs running. 99% of anti-virus software can and will significantly slow down any computer, all while doing an extraordinarily poor job at protecting against viruses. The best way to protect your computer against mal-ware and viruses, is by having a great firewall, preferably at router level, so nothing gets to the computer in the first place.
4: If you use a software firewall on your computer (Not all routers have great firewalls), then use one that doesn't require a lot of resources. Also turn off the useless built-in Windows firewall & services. (Except on Win10, as the firewall "service" is required to run in the background at all times, or the AppStore won't work. I can recommend Comodo Firewall. It's free and can be customized to use very little resources while doing a pretty decent job.
5: Get rid of junk-driver-programs. Keep the drivers of course, but uninstall or disable all the useless services that constantly run in the background. Like scanner, printer or audio "service" programs that comes with the drivers.
6: Get rid of junk-apps. Weather apps, search bars and joke apps etc., They use your connection to bring you useless commercials and junk, which takes up recourses.
7: Get rid of PunkBuster, if you have it. Go to services, and check if "PnkBstrA" and/or "PnkBstrB" are running. If they are, stop and disable them. (Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services) *If you use Comodo Firewall, you can block PunkBuster from ever being installed again, and prohibit execution of any PunkBuster services. You would be surprised how many games that silently install this junk program, so it's a good idea to check, even if you never installed PunkBuster yourself.
8: Clean the temp-files. I can recommend CClean. It's free, and comes in both 32bit and 64bit versions.
9: Check Windows start-up list and disable any and all useless junk programs. I can recommend CClean for this too. (Tools - Startup)
10: Clean Windows Task Scheduler. Get rid of all the useless checks that makes your system slow down at randomly when Windows hit a timer. (Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler)
11: Never ever use iTunes. Besides being the slowest, most incompatible, ugly, and absolute worst media player ever made, it will also decrease performance on any system, and runs the weirdest background "services" at random. Stay away from any Apple products. No offence to Apple-users, but Apple is not capable of writing quality software.
12: Stop and disable useless background services. (Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services)
12-1: Stop and disable all junk-services, like updaters and support services from drivers and programs. (Examples: Acronis Scheduler2 Service, Adobe Acrobat Update Service, Creative Audio Service, Skype Updater, Google Updater, SwitchBoard, etc..)
12-2: Disable the worst Microsoft services. Like: Application Experience, Background Intelligent Transfer Service, IP Helper, Internet Connection Sharing (Unless you actually use it), Media Center Extender Service, Office Source Engine, Offline Files, Program Compatibility Assistant Service, Remote Registry, Routing and Remote Access, Superfetch, Tablet PC Input Service, Windows Firewall (Most useless firewall ever made), Windows Media Center Receiver Service, Windows Media Center Scheduler Service, Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service, Windows Search (This has nothing to do with "Search", it's just another name for the horrible "indexing service").
13: If you have a multi-core CPU, like a Core-i5 or i7, make sure to disable Core parking. (Google how, there are lots of guides)
14: Always have the latest graphics card drivers installed. Don't use the ones from Windows update. Go to the manufactures website and download the latest drivers specifically for your card.
15: Update Direct-X, XNA Framework, Visual C++ Redistributables and .NET Framework. All these can be found at the Microsoft Download Center.

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