The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition was launched on Steam-28th October, a couple of days ago, and by now, ample players keep complaining, on forums & boards, about issues of the game. The latest game is an enhanced and remastered version of the venerable Bethesda RPG.
The following Skyrim Special Edition errors or bugs make the game unplayable, and enormous players are currently complaining about them. For instance, some of these issues are Crashes – the game crashes randomly while playing or at the startup, Game Not Starting – when you try to start the game, nothing happens, or you receive a bug. Also, Performance Issues– especially issues with the frame rate of the game like Low FPS. FPS Drops but Stuttering & Freezes were also reported.
Moreover, the winner of more than 200 Game of the Year Awards, Skyrim Special Edition, brings the epic fantasy to life in adorable detail. Well, the Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed game & add-ons with all-new features such as remastered art and effects, dynamic depth of field, volumetric god rays, screen-space reflections, etc. Skyrim Special Edition even brings the full power of mods to the PC and Xbox One. Besides, new quests, environments, armor, weapons, characters, dialogue, etc. with Mods.
Before trying to fix your problems, you need to ensure that you meet the game’s minimum system requirements because this version of the game will require a lot from your PC. It would be best to have at least 8GB of RAM & either GTX 470 or AMD HD 7870. In case you do not meet the minimum system requirements, you need to upgrade your PC and see if you reencounter the same issue; if that’s so, check out the list of solutions & workarounds below.
OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Processor: Intel i5-750/AMD Phenom II X4-945
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 470 1GB /AMD HD 7870 2GB
Storage: 12 GB available space
OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Processor: Intel i5-2400/AMD FX-8320
Storage: 12 GB available space
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB /AMD R9 290 4GB
Skyrim Special Edition Errors:
Below you’ll find a list of the most common Skyrim Special Edition issues that players report on the forums. You’ll have a corresponding solution or workaround for each error, with which you can fix the game and play it.
#1 Skyrim Special Edition Not Starting
Numerous players are complaining because they are unable to open the game. So, when they try to start the game and tap the Play button in the Steam Library, nothing happens, and the game won’t start. The avatar icon switches to green and immediately back to blue for some players, meaning that the Steam interface started the game, but nothing displays on the screen.
Firstly, try these two workarounds below and see if you can start the game. In case not, follow the three solutions below and if nothing works for you, check out the “best solution,” and this should fix your game, and you should be capable of starting and playing it.
Please try to run the game in compatibility mode.
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Solution 1: If you’re not using any mods and it’s just not starting, change the “skyrimSE.exe” and “skyrimSELauncher.exe” permissions to run as Administrator and to run as windows 7 compatibility. Right-click on the .exe files (found in your Skyrim SE game directory), then tap properties. Afterward, click on the compatibility tab, then set windows 7 compatibility and run as administrator.
Note: Because of Skyrim SE’s infancy, Special Edition modding guides may not yet exist. Please be patient with this.
Solution 2: You may desire to change Skyrim SE’s video setup to borderless & window mode. It has been reported to help many.
Solution 3: (By ScrubLordBlunticulus): Alter your Skyrim SE display graphics from Integrated Graphics to High-Performance Nvidia processor in your Nvidia control panel. ATI cards may have a similar issue.
#2 Skyrim Special Edition Black Screen
Players encounter this problem only at the startup of the game, they see a little launcher box, and when they tap Play, the only thing they see is a black screen with the background music running & nothing else.
Solution for Nvidia players: Firstly, go to Control Panel and change or switch the GPU you were using. You encounter this issue because you’re not playing on your dedicated GPU; you play with the one integrated into your processing unit.
#3 Skyrim Special Edition Crashes
Like in the old Skyrim, still random crashes are present, driving players crazy. Players reported: when they look at an NPC or near-random objects or towns, for example, Whiterun, their game crashes. To fix these crashes & play the game, check out the solutions below.
Solution 1: If you’re using mods, please ensure your mods do not use scripts and rely on other mods that use scripts.
Solution 2: Do not forget, mod order is essential, and make sure you have all the mods you rely on. For instance, some mods might sometimes depend on the unofficial Skyrim patch, and if you do not have it, it will crash. Please try playing without mods first and see what happens.
Solution 3: Various folks have reported that changing the Language assists prevent crashing. You can alter or change the language in Skyrim.ini. And if you have a foreign language OS, it might not understand your computer so well; using English or a supported language for your OS (as seen on the Steam Skyrim SE store page) may help.
Solution 4 (By BigDally): If Skyrim SE does not launch or crashes a lot, try rebooting your PC, and rebooting is always the best first step because certain things may require a restart, like Vredist installed with Skyrim SE. Please try restarting the game or at least Steam.
Solution 5 (By jesusleton): Well, try activating triple buffer in your Nvidia control panel.
In case your launcher crashes or if you’re stuck in a loop, check out the solutions below:
Solution 1: Try enabling Administrator mode & Windows 7 compatibility to both .exe files in your Skyrim SE folder.
Solution 2: There have been multiple reports that are deleting the .exe files in your Skyrim folder and then checking file integrity using Steam; it will re-download the .exe files, and then it will work correctly.
#4 Skyrim Special Edition Performance Issues – Low FPS&FPS Drops
The game requires ample from your PC, but performance issues are encountered even by players with a super high-end PC. Meaning that the game is poorly optimized, and that’s why you’re experiencing low FPS, FPS Drops, or Stuttering. Several users consider that the game is unplayable because of these performance issues.
By default, Skyrim probably set your GPU to integrated graphics instead of dedicated. From what I have seen, this is mostly an Nvidia issue. Firstly go to your NVIDIA control panel and then go to “Manage 3D settings”. Add Skyrim SE if it is not in the list and then change its settings from Global or Integrated Graphis to High-performance NVIDIA processor.
Disabling G-Sync can vastly improve or enhance performance and remove stuttering.
For freezes: This error occurs during a grid transition; if staying in the same grid, the game would run fine & not crash but leaving the grid, it would crash. So, disable your antivirus (reported using Avast), and the issue may be gone.
The top solution for Performance Issues: The best solution or technique to fix the performance issues is to optimize your game; afterward, the frame rate will be stable. You will not encounter any freezes.
Fix Skyrim Special Edition Errors Tutorial:
*Only for Game Not Starting, Crashes & Optimization for Performance Issues
Well, the new enhanced version of Skyrim is now available, and you can’t play it because of annoying issues and bugs? Don’t worry! You’re here because you probably encounter one of these errors: crashes, Performance Issues, or inability to start your game. If you’ve one of these issues, do not worry anymore because you can fix them by applying the patch and following the steps below. So sit back, relax, follow the tutorial, and in a maximum of 10 minutes, you will be playing the new Skyrim.
Our patch will alter some files and registry .dll’s in the game folder, and it’ll also optimize your Windows for best performance. Besides, it will help you get the latest graphic card driver that works with Skyrim Special Edition. (Note: our patch will not interfere by any means with your Steam account; you’ll be safe the whole time!)
Below you can find an image of how the patch looks and a tutorial on using it properly. Please follow the tutorial step-by-step to make sure that you apply the patch correctly to your game.
How to apply our patch:
1. Download the archive of the patch.
2. Extract the downloaded archive on your computer, and open the patch from the folder.
3. Your GPU will be automatically selected; make sure you use your dedicated GPU to have a laptop!
4. Now select the game executable from the game folder; if you used the default Origin install folder, it would be: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Skyrim Special Edition″.
5. Afterward, select your issue or even issues from the box to the right and tap the corresponding “Fix” button.
6. After your bugs are successfully fixed, you can tap the “Launch Game” button & play the game.
How to download: Well, you probably think that the download service is pretty annoying, but it is beneficial. To download, you need to complete a simple offer; it usually takes some minutes, and after that, you’ll be able to download the patch. I use this service because it’s the only way to support our developers and keep releasing and updating patches for games. Thank you! I sincerely hope you understand and have fun playing Skyrim!
If you still encounter some problems and are unable to fix them, please comment below.