Back in 2011 when Skyrim came out, I was blown away. I finally got it sometime during 2013 and I lost myself in it completely.

After I’ve gone through most of the content, news of The Elder Scrolls Online started popping out and of course, I was immediately hooked.

ESO never really turned out to be exactly what I thought it would be, but it was good nevertheless.

Tons of issues but tons of fun too.

Then I remembered Skyrim SE.

They’ve mentioned updated graphics, better stability, all DLCs included and what not.

At first it totally seemed like a cash grab to me, but then I realized that something might be going on here after all.

I discovered (the now) large and mature modding community and realized that I could put myself in the shoes of the creative director (so to speak) and make my own version of the game, one that would be 100% custom tailored to my taste.

Long story short, I did it and it works! So here’s a little trailer video for you above to enjoy. 🙂

January 2018 will be Skyrim’s month, expect to see dozens and dozens of showcasing videos, tutorials and comparisons.

So don’t forget to Subscribe to my Youtube Channel and I’ll keep you posted.

Alright, so let’s get started with overhauling Skyrim SE!

Here are my personal notes that are kinda ‘unorganized’ but should do the trick for now.

Click on the title to open. Warning, it’s long! 🙂

My Instructions for Overhauling Skyrim Completely

Make sure your STEAM is located away from your Program Files folder, preferably on another partition entirely.

This will avoid common Windows issues with things such as permissions.

Also, if you’re not sure how to perform any of the steps detailed below, check out my videos about SKSE, Mod Organizer etc. it’s all there.

So let’s begin setting things up.

1. Install Skyrim Special Edition and load the game. You can also set up your graphic settings in the launcher, but we’ll use BethINI’s presets for that.
2. Play the game a bit with a test character, just to make sure that all configuration files are generated 100%.
3. Create a folder called ‘Mod Organizer 2’ (in Skyrim’s root folder) and install Mod Organizer 2 there. Run it and select Skyrim’s root folder to associate it with the game.
4. Use a default profile in Mod Organizer or create a new one if you wish. I personally just use a default one.
5. Install SKSE (scripting extension for mods) and make sure you download the latest SE version (64 bit), otherwise it won’t work. Here’s my video guide.
6. You will need to select SKSE from the dropdown and preferably make a shortcut (pro tip, change the icon for a more appealing look). This will ensure that SKSE version is always started along with Mod Organizer in the background, otherwise the mods won’t load.
7. Install Unofficial Skyrim SE Patch.
8. Install Project Optimization Mod to improve performance a bit more.
9. Run BethINI and use its own presets to tweak settings, and also disable video/intro option to load faster into the game. Review other settings and tweak whatever you want.
10. Install Papyrus via Mod Organizer 2.
11. Install Insignificant Object Remover Mod.

Important Notes:

– In Mod Organizer, always perform a ‘manual installation’ when adding mods, to make sure that MO actually confirms that ‘everything looks good’ before clicking that install button.

– BethINI is an awesome portable utility that will not only improve your performance but your overall game’s appearance as well. It tweaks your .ini files, organizes them and even fixes common issues in some cases. Definitely a must-have utility.

The current mod load order should look like this:

Skyrim.esm
Update.esm
Dawnguard.esm
Hearthfire.esm
Dragonborn.esm
Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition
Project Optimization

We can now proceed with overhauling the game one step at a time.

1. Install Static Mesh Improvement Mod – SMIM.
2. Install Noble Skyrim for SE, followed by the SMIM patch (same page). It’s important that it’s installed in this order. Use performance edition if your vRAM is 2GB or less.
3. Install Ruins Clutter Improved.
4. Install Skyrim Flora Overhaul.
5. Install Vivid Weathers SE Definitive Edition. (updated on 8th of June 2018 – patches are now included in the installer)
6. Install Enchanced Lights & FX.
7. Optional: Install ENB libraries and also specifically Rudy’s ENB settings profile.

Install the rest of the smaller graphical mods:

– Realistic Water Two
– Dragon Priest
– Ethereal Cosmos
– Immersive Armors
– Enhanced Blood Textures
– Nordic Snow
– Footprints
– Detailed Rugs
– Beards
– Book Covers
– Cloaks of Skyrim
– Dawnguard Fortress
– Deadly Spell Impacts
– Elemental Staffs
– Apophysis Dragon Priest Masks
– Point The Way
– HD Road Signs
– HQ Paper
– Rustic Clothing
– Real Mountains
– Stunning Statues of Skyrim
– Visual Animated Enchants
– DRAUGR
– TROLL
– HD Werewolf Retexture
– Skyrim Better Roads

Also add:

– Audio Overhaul for Skyrim SE.

Phase 4 focuses on UI and a couple of quick UI-related fixes, so I’m adding the following mods:

1. SkyUI.
2. Lore Based Loading Screens.
3. Immersive Hud.
4. Better Dialogue Controls & Better MessageBox Control.

Phase 5 focuses on polishing character models:

1. Total Character Makeover

Phase 6 focuses on polishing animations:

1. Magic Casting Animations Overhaul
2. No Spinning Death Animation
3. Bowlegged jump animation fix

Phase 7 focuses on dragons:

1. Dragons Shout with Voice (loose files for SE)
2. Dragon Animation Replace

Phase 8 focuses on gameplay alterations:

1. Ordinator – Perks of Skyrim (Ordinator Add-On Folder for more options)
2. Unique Loot
3. Dynamic Dungeon Loot (DDL) – Random Loot System
4. Harvest Overhaul Redone
5. Skyrim Alchemy Fixed
6. Alchemist Compendium
7. Respectable Inventory – Well-Stocked Alchemists
8. Research in Skyrim – Library of Learning
9. Wet and Cold
10. RS Children Overhaul
11. Cutting Room Floor
12. Amazing Follower Tweaks
13. Relationship Dialogue Overhaul
14. Mortal Enemies
15. Alternate Start – Live Another Life
16. SkyTEST – Realistic Animals and Predators
17. Wildcat
18. Open Civil War
19. Royal Armory – New Artifacts
20. More Bandit Camps
21. Magical College of Winterhold
22. Afterlife for NPCs
23. Travellers of Skyrim – Travelers
24. Diverse Guards
25. DIVERSE SKYRIM
26. The Notice Board
27. Immersive Citizens – AI Overhaul
28. Immersive Patrols
29. Protect your People – PyP – Better NPC Protection
30. OBIS SE – Organized Bandits In Skyrim
31. Lanterns of Skyrim
32. LeanWolf’s Better-Shaped Weapons
33. Patron Gods of Skyrim
34. The Paarthurnax Dilemma
35. Gildergreen Regrown
36. Standing Stone Locations Revealed
37. Wearable Lanterns
38. Holidays
39. Zim’s Immersive Artifacts
40. Daedric Cloaks
41. Divine Cloaks

Phase 9 focuses on magic:

1. Apocalypse – Magic of Skyrim
2. Aetherial Veins – Magic Enhancements
3. Magical Staves and Staffs
4. Summermyst – Enchantments of Skyrim
5. True BatForm
6. Undeath Immersive Lichdom

Phase 10 focuses on expansions and content:

1. Undeath Remastered
2. Beyond Skyrim – Bruma
3. Moon and Star
4. Soljund’s Sinkhole
5. Whistling Mine
6. Dragon Bridge
7. Shor’s Stone
8. Kynesgrove
9. Ivarstead
10. Karthwasten
11. Ravengate – Riften Underground
12. Moonpath to Elsweyr
13. The Forgotten City
14. Forgotten Dungeons
15. Sulfur and Fire – Trial of Mehrunes Dagon
16. Falskaar

Phase 11 focuses on small gameplay fixes:

1. Realistic Conversations
2. Unread Books Glow
3. Stones of Barenziah Quest Markers
4. Acquisitive Soul Gems Multithreaded
5. Run For Your Lives
6. Unique Uniques
7. Craftable Dragon Priest Masks
8. Realistic Melee Range
9. Realistic Ragdolls and Force
10. Realistic AI Detection
11. A Quality World Map
12. 1st Person Candlelight Fix
13. Enhanced CandleLight and MageLight
14. Better Skill and Quest Books Names
15. YOT – Your Own Thoughts
16. Glowing Ore Veins 300
17. Ars Metallica – Smithing Enhancement
18. Blacksmith Forge Water Fix
19. Carriage and Ferry Travel Overhaul
20. Circlets or Masks with all Robes and Hoods
21. D13 Faster GET UP STAND UP animation vanilla friendly
22. Even Better Quest Objectives
23. Fixed body collision
24. Followers can Relax
25. Hunters Not Bandits
26. Multiple Floors Sandboxing
27. No BS AI Projectile Dodge (Magic and Arrows)
28. No more Radial Blur – Performance optimization
29. Revamped Exterior Fog

Final Phase:

1. Sort the plugins in mod organizer.

And that’s about it for now

If you’ve managed to come this far, congratulations, you now have the same version of Skyrim as me.

Maybe a bit different since not all our settings will be the same, but pretty much almost identical.

Looks good huh! 🙂

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