Setting up Skyrim to work with Mods & ENB

After installing the mods and ENB settings, some changes need to be made before Skyrim can be launched. If you start Skyrim before making these changes, the game will most likely not even start, and if it does, it definitely will not be able to load or start a new game.

With the exception of number 1, these changes are absolutely necessary for Skyrim to work after modding.

1: Tweaking System: Windows (Optional)
2: Tweaking System: Drivers Settings
3: Tweaking Skyrim: Load-Order
4: Tweaking Skyrim: INI-Files
5: Tweaking Skyrim: FNIS
6: Tweaking Skyrim: Mod compatibility
7: Tweaking Skyrim: Launcher

 


1 - 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 to number 2.


Cleaning/optimizing Windows is of course a huge subject, so I will not go into details, but rather give suggestions 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. They slow down any computer with at least 10-20%, and most of them does an extremely poor job at protecting against viruses anyway. The best way to protect a 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 have to use a firewall on your computer (Not all routers have great firewalls), then use one that doesn't require a lot of resources. And remember to turn off Windows built-in firewall & services. Windows firewall is as useless as it gets, but even so it still takes up resources. I can recommend Comodo Firewall. It's free, and comes in both 32 and 64bit versions.
5: Get rid of all 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 32 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: Don't use iTunes. Besides being the slowest, mosst incompatible, ugly, and absolute worst media player ever made, it will also decrease performance on any system. It also runs the weirdest and most useless tasks at random. Stay far away from any Apple products. No offence about running Apple products on Apple machines, I guess it's a match, but Apple is just not capable of writing efficient code at PC standards.
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.

 


2 - Drivers Settings


This is for nVidia drivers. If you use ATI, AMD or Intel graphic card, you might want to Google how to obtain the same settings.

Open up the nVidia Control Panel, and go to "Manage 3D settings". Then click the "Program Settings" tab, and add the "skse_loader.exe".
Set the following parameters:
Antialiasing - FXAA                                (Off or Application-controlled)
Antialiasing - Gamma correction           (Off or Application-controlled)
Antialiasing - Mode                                 (Off or Application-controlled)
Antialiasing - Setting                               (Application-controlled)
Antialiasing - Transparency                    (Off)  *ENB has it's own AA settings. If you enable the driver AA, ENB will be disabled completely.
Threaded Optimization                           (On)  *If you DON'T have a multi-core CPU, set this: "Off"
Vertical sync                                             (On)  *If you prefer higher FPS instead of tear-free smooth game-play, set this: "Off"

*ENB also has an option for handling V-sync, but I prefer nVidia's V-sync. If you want to use the ENB V-sync instead, just go to the Skyrim game folder and open up "enblocal.ini" with a notepad and find:
EnableFPSLimit=false
Change this to:
EnableFPSLimit=true

*If you use ATI, AMD or Intel graphics card, go to the Skyrim game folder and open up "enblocal.ini" with a notepad and change "FixParallaxBugs=true" to "FixParallaxBugs=false".

 


3 - Load-Order


Info: The load-order is a list that determines in which order Skyrim loads additional content. The load-order has 255 slots which are loaded into the memory one by one in the exact order they are listed. If identical data appears (If two mods contain the same data), the mod listed last, 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 with errors, or not even start at all. It is VERY important to have a 100% correct load-order. Besides dependencies, some mods also edit the same location cells, and often have different lighting settings, even if the mod has nothing to do with lighting. This doesn't cause the game to crash, but it might cause lighting or weather errors. Having a correct load-order is absolutely necessary for Skyrim to work.

It would take a long time to write about all the dependencies and references for each mod, so I have put the load-order in text below instead.

This load-order contains ALL mods. If you for instance only installed mods with black and green text, no worries, you just won't find all the items listed below in your own load-order. Whenever you stumble upon a missing item, just skip it, but keep everything else in the exact same order. It's a boring job, sorry, but you only need to do this once.

Load-order location: "C:\Users\(USERNAME)\AppData\Local\Skyrim\loadorder.txt"
You can edit it in a notepad, but it's easier to use NMM, as you can see which mods are active/deactivated. Also, if you use a notepad, you also need to edit "plugins.txt" in the same folder. The "plugins.txt" file is a list of ONLY active mods, and it needs to match the order of "loadorder.txt".
 

Correct Load-Order:
Start
NMM and click the "Plugins" tab. Then sort everything according to this list

Skyrim.esm
Update.esm
Dragonborn.esm
HearthFires.esm
Dawnguard.esm
Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch.esp
Unofficial Skyrim Modders Patch.esp
Skyrim Project Optimization - Full Version.esm
GeneralStores.esm
RaceCompatibility.esm
hdtHighHeel.esm
ApachiiHairMales.esm
ApachiiHairFemales.esm
ApachiiHair.esm
EACalypsoE_1_2.esm
Inn Girls Resources.esm
HjakhtraevarrTomb.esm
Falskaar.esm
ClimatesOfTamriel.esm
HighResTexturePack01.esp *Deactivate this (No longer needed after installing "Optimized Vanilla Textures")
HighResTexturePack02.esp *Deactivate this (No longer needed after installing "Optimized Vanilla Textures")
grass & ground fixes.esp
No_stretching.esp
_bugoviste.esp
Skyrim Particle Patch for ENB - Flame Atronach Fix.esp
CiceroDistanceFix.esp
Dawnguard Gauntlets Fix.esp
Lava Imagespace Fix.esp
Missing in Action - Dialog Condition Removed.esp
HeddicVolunnar.esp
NoMuffleEffect.esp
Kagrenzel-GapFix.esp
NoWeaponDrop.esp
orc-female-idle-fix.esp
PotemaCrashFix.esp
Summerfix.esp
The Paarthurnax Dilemma.esp
orc-vampire-eyes fix.esp
Rayya.esp
Weapons & Armor Fixes_Remade.esp
Dragonborn HD Ultra.esp
RaceCompatibilityUSKPOverride.esp
dD - Realistic Ragdoll Force - Realistic.esp
FNIS.esp
FNISspells.esp
RaceMenu.esp
RaceMenuPlugin.esp
SkyUI.esp
iHUD.esp
XPMSE.esp
nem-e5i5's RaceMenuPlugin.esp
Animated Dragon Wings.esp
FemaleMannequinsNord.esp
DVA - Dynamic Vampire Appearance.esp
LunariRace.esp
TemptressVixen.esp
SGEyebrows.esp
EACalypsoE_1_2.esp
Arabellafollower.esp
Arianna.esp
Calista Summerstar.esp
Esmeralda.esp
ONIONmillenia.esp
seedymerchant.esp
Populated Solstheim.esp
FFSolstheim1.esp
_MelissaX.esp
AuroraFollower.esp
DJQ_Frozen.esp
DJQ_Princesses1.esp
SaraStormrage.esp
DJQZafira.esp
Revamped Elena.esp
Unicorn.esp
Xanafollower.esp
FRGirls.esp
FreijaWarmadien.esp
Hanali.esp
Khorah Orc Follower.esp
Freya.esp
Milena de Jade.esp
LunariWarriors.esp
Miosotis.esp
Mogba.esp
Nicky.esp
NordicHeroines.esp
Cher.esp
Pia.esp
Hecate.esp
Queenieangels Chen Sisters.esp
Athenyaa Athos.esp
Lathoya Lath.esp
Raysha Rah.esp
Rinoa.esp
Rolonce.esp
Sephina.esp
Seductress Elizabeth.esp
Seductress Serana.esp
SKY_Followers2.esp
SKY_Girls.esp
SKY_Iridis.esp *Deactivate this if SkyFollowerMerge.esp is active
SKY_Solis.esp *Deactivate this if SkyFollowerMerge.esp is active
SKY_Aura.esp *Deactivate this if SkyFollowerMerge.esp is active
SKY_Lumen-Cael.esp *Deactivate this if SkyFollowerMerge.esp is active
SKY_Uniques.esp *Deactivate this if SkyFollowerMerge.esp is active
SkyFollowerMerge.esp
Shana Follower.esp
Sunniva.esp
Seraphina.esp
TempestFollowers.esp
Kavula_Vampire_Followers.esp
TPFollowers-Elven.esp
TPFollowers-Human.esp
LustmordVampireArmor.esp
Victoria Velina Revamped.esp
ViktoriaFollower.esp
Xari.esp
FollowerSha.esp
AmazingFollowerTweaks.esp
SMIM-FarmhouseFlickeringFix.esp
SMIM-ShackRoofFixes.esp
SMIM-ShackRoofFixesDragonborn.esp
SMIM-RiftenDocksRopesObjectFix.esp
SMIM-FurnitureChestSnowFix.esp
SMIM-DungeonsCliffsIceSkirts.esp
Birdsofskyrim.esp
83Willows_101BUGS_V4_HighRes.esp
Skyrim Flora Overhaul.esp
GrassOnSteroids_NaturalEdition_SFO.esp
Cidhna Mine Expanded.esp
GR123 Castle.esp
DarkTower.esp
Death Mountain part2.esp
DB_Bayview_Playerhome.esp
Falskaar Wildlife.esp
TreaclemanFalskaarPatch.esp
HillHouse.esp
WhiteWatch.esp
HraghenskaagLabyrinths.esp
IslandFastTravel.esp
Lurking in the shadows.esp
The Fifth Gate.esp
RavenscaleCastle.esp
bathhouse.esp
The Pit.esp
TheEvilMansionFE.esp
CW-HouseOfTroubles.esp
The Cult of Miraak.esp
nTr4nc3 - Whiterun Mansion.esp
WyvernRock.esp
Rigmor.esp
TAVERiften.esp
RiverwoodEnhancedPlugin.esp
TAVESolitude.esp
TownsAndCitiesEnhanced.esp
WhiterunInEnhanced.esp
TAVEWindhelm.esp
Populated Cities Towns Villages Legendary.esp
Populated Forts Towers Places Legendary.esp
Populated Lands Roads Paths Legendary.esp
Populated Skyrim Prisons Cells.esp
Lepidoptera Of Skyrim DLC1.esp
Realistic HD Beverages.esp
Weathered Road Signs.esp
Skysan_ENBHorseTrough.esp
SkyFalls + SkyMills + DG + DB.esp
SkyFalls + SkyMills Falskaar.esp
SkyFalls DB + FS Small Waterfalls.esp
Smoking Candles.esp
Smoking Torches.esp
aMidianborn_Skyforge_Weapons.esp
FS_NamelessLight.esp *Deactivate this if FSWeaponsMerge.esp is active
FS_Skycutter.esp *Deactivate this if FSWeaponsMerge.esp is active
FS_SwordofTruth.esp *Deactivate this if FSWeaponsMerge.esp is active
FS_Ygrayne.esp *Deactivate this if FSWeaponsMerge.esp is active
FSWeaponsMerge.esp
Ghosu - Weapon Pack 1.esp
WeaponsOf3E.esp
Weapons & Armor_TrueWeaponsLvlLists.esp
FlameAtronachArmor.esp
FullBootForKKSA.esp
DaedricCrownCraftable.esp *Deactivate this if CrownMerge.esp is active
DragonCrownCraftable.esp *Deactivate this if CrownMerge.esp is active
DragonPlateCrownCraftable.esp *Deactivate this if CrownMerge.esp is active
EbonyCrownCraftable.esp *Deactivate this if CrownMerge.esp is active
ElvenCrownCraftable.esp *Deactivate this if CrownMerge.esp is active
GlassCrownCraftable.esp *Deactivate this if CrownMerge.esp is active
CrownMerge.esp
AoD - Dianqing Armor.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
Aradia Lace Dress.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
Blade and Soul Negligee.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
BnS Scorpion Set.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
ElvenSorcArmor.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
Fairytale.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
fox12 Armor.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
HeavyMetal.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
Hentai_mixed_Armor.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
Ivy Valentine Armor.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
KURESE Gloria conversion.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
BlackWisteria.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
wjun28.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
Neo's Lei Fang & Christie.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
Osare Maid Outfit.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
TS_RogueOutfits.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
LB Lady Queen.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
Skull Armor.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
SUNMagicArmor.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
wjunlady.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
fox_ThroneXX.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
HentaiVoidArmor.esp *Deactivate this if ArmorMerge.esp is active
ArmorMerge.esp
Aradia Lingerie Dress.esp
Aradia Lingerie Dress v0.2.1.esp
KCEBattleClaws.esp
selobl_DarkLillith.esp
selobl_Diano.esp
EdhildilsVampireArmor.esp
Elewin Jewelry.esp
FalmerBikini.esp
FullMetalBikini.esp
comvex-hmpriestess.esp
kuzak-bodyandstockings.esp
Sovngarde Steel Armor and Weapons.esp
Strap.esp
Black Rose.esp
Merta Black Rose Armor.esp
Merta Assassin Armor.esp
Neo's Scouter Set.esp
Notverigud Nordic Carved Bikini.esp
Schwertleite Set.esp
SeraphineHuntedArmor.esp
Sexy Armor Package.esp
SteelBikini.esp
SteelPlateBikini.esp
Tera Deathskin - UNPB BBP.esp
Tera Val Tirkai - UNPB BBP.esp
BFPU Orcish Armor.esp
Forsworn-MTM.esp
VampireLeatherArmorSet.esp
Wolfbikini.esp
Witch Of The Wild.esp
NPC_Overhaul_V_1_.esp
HousecarlBeauties.esp
MHBhearthfires.esp
Khaliza of Gilane.esp
3DNPC.esp
Hott Interesting NPCs.esp
Immersive Wenches.esp
immersive wenches -hotfix patch-.esp
Deadly Wenches.esp
AFT_iNPCFix.esp
Spousetocustomhome.esp
My Home Is Your Home.esp
Marriable Serana.esp
Marriable Serana HF.esp
aime_lockpicks.esp
Combat Evolved.esp
spelltomeconjureetherealhorse.esp
JiubQuestMarkers.esp
Run For Your Lives.esp
When Vampires Attack.esp
SSoB.esp
TougherTrolls.esp
TrollSkullsCost25.esp
Windfull Skyrim.esp
Customizable Camera.esp
CandlelightToggle10.esp
100XCarryWeight.esp *Deactivate this if TweakMerge.esp is active
CLToggleRadius2x.esp *Deactivate this if TweakMerge.esp is active
DibellasCompulsion-NudeSpell-1-1.esp *Deactivate this if TweakMerge.esp is active
RichMerchants.esp *Deactivate this if TweakMerge.esp is active
shorter_respawns.esp *Deactivate this if TweakMerge.esp is active
SkyRealism - Time and Travel.esp *Deactivate this if TweakMerge.esp is active
GriptzionTeleportMenuSpell_DLC.esp *Deactivate this if TweakMerge.esp is active
Craftable Torches.esp *Deactivate this if TweakMerge.esp is active
EternalTorch.esp *Deactivate this if TweakMerge.esp is active
TorchRadius.esp *Deactivate this if TweakMerge.esp is active
TweakMerge.esp
Remove Interior Fog V2 - Full Version.esp
FalskaarClouds.esp
ExpandedSnowSystems-CoT.esp
ClimatesOfTamriel-Dragonborn-Patch.esp
ClimatesOfTamriel-Dawnguard-Patch.esp
ClimatesOfTamriel Falskaar.esp
WondersofWeather.esp
Supreme Storms - Cot Version.esp
CoT-WeatherPatch.esp
CoT-WeatherPatch_DB.esp
CoT-WeatherPatch_SupStorms.esp
CoT-WeatherPatch_ESS.esp
ESS Patch for CoT DG Patch.esp

 


4 - INI Files


Some mods require certain settings in "Skyrim.ini" and "SkyrimPrefs.ini". You can either edit everything manually with a notepad, or you can download and use my personal ini files.

Download: INI-Files

Unpack and copy the ini files to: "C:\Users\(USERNAME)\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\". Overwrite existing files.
1: Open "Skyrim.ini" with a notepad, and find the line:
sD3DDevice="NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti"
Change it to match your own graphic card
2: Open "SkyrimPrefs.ini" with a notepad, and find the lines:
iSize W=1920
iSize H=1200
Change it to any resolution that match your graphic card & monitor

*If you have a multi-core CPU, you are all done. Continue to number 5
*If you DON'T have a multi-core CPU, you need to remove ALL lines with multi-core settings. (See below)


If you want to keep you own files, open each one with a notepad, and add/change the lines below
The files are located here: "C:\Users\(USERNAME)\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\"


Skyrim.ini
Add/change the following lines:

[General]
bBorderRegionsEnabled=0  *Needed for a couple of mods
bUseThreadedTempEffects=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseThreadedParticleSystem=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
bMultiThreadMovement=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseThreadedMorpher=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU

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

[Archive]   *Make sure you have ALL these listed, or you will get missing textures and voices
sResourceArchiveList=Skyrim - Misc.bsa, Skyrim - Shaders.bsa, Skyrim - HD01.bsa, Skyrim - HD02.bsa, Skyrim - Interface.bsa, Skyrim - Animations.bsa, Skyrim - Meshes.bsa, Skyrim - Sounds.bsa
sResourceArchiveList2=Skyrim - Voices.bsa, Skyrim - VoicesExtra.bsa, Dawnguard - Original.bsa, Dawnguard - HD.bsa, HearthFires - Original.bsa, HearthFires - HD.bsa, Dragonborn - Original.bsa, Dragonborn - HD.bsa

[Display]   *Add these lines if you want to change your Field of View. I personally like 85, but choose any FOV you like
fDefaultWorldFOV=85 
fDefault1stPersonFOV=85
fdefaultfov=85
fNearDistance=20.0000   *If you increase FOV, increase this number too, to avoid clipping with objects near the screen

[Grass]   *These settings are necessary for both "Skyrim Flora Overhaul" & "Grass on Steroids"
b30GrassVS=1
bAllowCreateGrass=1
bAllowLoadGrass=0
iMaxGrassTypesPerTexure=7
iMinGrassSize=70

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

[Papyrus]   *These settings will allow scripts to get a little more time to run. (Important for stability when having many mods installed)
fUpdateBudgetMS=1.4
fExtraTaskletBudgetMS=1.4
fPostLoadUpdateTimeMS=2000

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

[HAVOK]   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
iNumThreads=5  *The number should be set according to how many cores your CPU has. (With the maximum of 5)
 

SkyrimPrefs.ini
Add/change the following lines:

[General]
bUseThreadedParticleSystem=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseThreadedBlood=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseThreadedMorpher=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseThreadedTempEffects=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseThreadedTextures=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseThreadedMeshes=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseThreadedLOD=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseThreadedAI=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
bUseThreadedMorpher=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU
bRunHighLevelProcess=1
bUseHardDriveCache=1
bEnableStoryManagerLogging=0

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

[Display]  *These settings are all necessary for the ENB to render correctly
bFXAAEnabled=0
iMultiSample=0
iMaxAnisotropy=0
bFloatPointRenderTarget=1
bFloatingPointTarget=1
fGamma=1.0000
iTexMipMapMinimum=0
bTransparencyMultisampling=0
iWaterMultiSamples=0
bTreesReceiveShadows=1
bDrawLandShadows=1
bDrawShadows=1
bShadowsOnGrass=1

[Imagespace]
bDoRadialBlur=0
iRadialBlurLevel=0
bDoDepthOfField=1   *This is need for the ENB render to use blur (Underwater will look terrible if set to "0")

[Grass]   *These settings are necessary for "Skyrim Flora Overhaul" & "Grass on Steroids"
bShadowsOnGrass=1
iMaxGrassTypesPerTexure=7
bAllowLoadGrass=0
bAllowCreateGrass=1
bDrawShaderGrass=1
iMinGrassSize=70
b30GrassVS=1

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

[Launcher]   * Needed to load mods
bEnableFileSelection=1

[Water]   * Needed for water effects
bUseWaterDisplacements=1
bUseWaterRefractions=1
bUseWaterReflections=1
bUseWaterDepth=1

[MAIN]   *Important for stability
bSaveOnPause=0
bSaveOnTravel=0
bSaveOnWait=0
bSaveOnRest=0

[Particles]   *This is necessary for the extended fog system of Climates of Tamriel and the Weather Path
iMaxDesired=1750

[SaveGame]   *Important for stability
bDisableAutoSave=1

[Trees]
bAllowLoadTree=0   *Needed for minimizing the chance of floating trees
bUseMultiThreadedTrees=1   *Add this if you have a multi-core CPU

[Archive]   *Make sure you have ALL these listed, or you will get missing textures and voices
sResourceArchiveList=Skyrim - Misc.bsa, Skyrim - Shaders.bsa, Skyrim - Textures.bsa, HighResTexturePack01.bsa, HighResTexturePack02.bsa, Skyrim - Interface.bsa, Skyrim - Animations.bsa, Skyrim - Meshes.bsa, Skyrim - Sounds.bsa, Skyrim - Voices.bsa, Skyrim - VoicesExtra.bsa

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

 


5 - FNIS Tool


Info: Because new NPCs have been added to Skyrim, the FNIS tool (GenerateFNISforUsers.exe) from "Fores New Idles in Skyrim - FNIS" needs to be run. FNIS is needed to provide animation info for any NPC in the game. If Skyrim doesn't get this information, any new or changed NPC will not be animated. This means, that after ANY changes (Adding/Removing mods containing NPCs or mannequins), this tool HAS to be run.

If you didn't already make a shortcut to the tool after installing "Fores New Idles in Skyrim - FNIS", go to:
"(Skyrim game folder)\Data\tools\GenerateFNIS_for_Users\" and make a desktop shortcut to "GenerateFNISforUsers.exe"

Start the tool

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

When the tool has run it's process, click "Consistence Check".
When that is done, click "Exit"
*Don't worry if you see error messages

Run this tool EVERY time you add/remove mods that contain NPCs or mannequins

 


6 - Mod compatibility


If you installed both "Khaliza of Gilane -Redguard Housecarl of Markarth" and "Inhabitants of Skyrim - NPC Overhaul", you will need to delete two conflicting files.
Go to: (Skyrim game folder)/Data/Meshes/Actors/Character/FaceGenData/FaceGeom/Skyrim.esm/
Delete the file: "000a2c8c.nif"
Then..
Go to: (Skyrim game folder)/Data/Textures/Actors/Character/FaceGenData/FaceGeom/Skyrim.esm/
Delete the file: "000a2c8c.dds"

*If the files don't exist, wait with this step till after you have launched Skyrim for the first time (After the file-cleaning).
 


7 - Change Launcher


In order to use the Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE), Skyrim needs to be launched via the SKSE launcher instead of the original Skyrim launcher.

If you haven't done so already, open up the Skyrim game folder, and make a desktop shortcut to "skse_loader.exe". Use this shortcut to start Skyrim from now on. *Just don't start Skyrim yet.

 


Proceed to Cleaning