naynayading Jul 22 @ 1:50pm
Please help! CTD, can't figure out why.
I have been having issues with my Skyrim not launching correctly. I'll get the Bethesda screen, and I'll see the main screen for about half a second before it immediately returns me to the desktop. I had installed a few new apps, SKSE among them (SKSE worked for the first launch, and I followed the directions in the video). Some of them were things that required SKSE - Race Menu and ApachiiSkyHair - but some of them were normal mods. I can't figure out what's causing it all to crash, and it's starting to aggravate me. I evven uninstalled and reinstalled, and it didn't help. This is a list of the new mods I added; which ones I removed, and which ones are still there.

Race Menu - uninstalled
zzjay's wardrobe - installed
Hegde Mage Armor - installed
Skyfall Estate - multiple adoption friendly - installed
Hearthfire multiple adoptions - installed
Ethereal ELven Overhaul - uninstalled
Cross Racial Features - installed
ApachiiSkyHair - uninstalled
BVFE - Better Vampire Fangs and Eyes - installed
Female Facial Animation - uninstalled
Smile in HD - uninstalled
Superior Lore-friendly hair - HD textures - uninstalled
CharGen Extension - uninstalled
SKSE - uninstalled

I installed the SKSE Data folder by extracting it to the desktop via 7zip and then running it through the NMM.

I can't figure out which of these mods is causing the probem, or why, or how I can fix it, but I'm hoping that someone else can/does.
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Kelvy Jul 22 @ 2:51pm 
Install LOOT and do you have all the DLCs and their unofficial patches these two are a must before anytning else is installed.
Then SKSE
[Current build (1.7.1, compatible with runtime 1.9.32.0.*): installer 7z archive]. In that line from Silverlock is an underlined word INSTALLER just click that and it will do the rest no need for WIN 7.
Also animation mod needs FNIS
Omgwtfbbqkitten Jul 22 @ 3:00pm 
Use the SKSE installer version to install SKSE and not NMM, that way it is automatically installed correctly and a shortcut to launch the game is automatically provided.

You should not have uninstalled those mods. Instead you should have first unchecked the esps one by one until the game launches to pinpoint the cause of the CTD. One of your mods is probably not compatible or is missing a vital compnent that you lack.
naynayading Jul 23 @ 5:46am 
Kelvy - what exactly is LOOT? Yes, I do have all of the DLCs and the unofficial patches for everything through the nexus mods. I watched the accompanying video with the install, and I did it like he did. I didn't realize that about the animation mod, I mustn't have read it well enough, but I don't know what FNIS is.

Omg - if 'unchecking the esps' is what I think it is, which is going through the NMM, finding the mod and selecting 'deactivate selected mod', then that's exactly what I did. It was only after trying this that I deleted them, then when that didn't work I uninstalled/reinstalled Skyrim. When that didn't work either, I uninstalled/deleted SKSE and all its files that I could find.

If you're both sure about the SKSE, I will reinstall it your way and try it again. If it works, I'll be extremely grateful to the both of you for your help, and if it doesn't.... then I guess I'll be SOL. Thanks for your help so far!
naynayading Jul 23 @ 6:54am 
I reinstalled SKSE like you said, and it was still crashing, so I took Omg's advice - unchecking the esps. For whatever reason, my Skyrim doesn't like the 'No Hood Dependency Plugin' for the hedge mage armor mod. I don't know why, I don't really care why, now that it's working again. Thank you both so much for your help!
Also, once you add SKSE - I would recommend taking that shortcut + add that as a Non-Steam game + renaming its Properties' name to whatever (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - SKSE).

Don't worry - SKSE does launch Skyrim's main EXE, so it will still keep track of your Skyrim's game-time (just as if you did launch Skyrim normally from Steam). :D
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Omgwtfbbqkitten Jul 23 @ 7:55am 
Originally posted by naynayading:

Omg - if 'unchecking the esps' is what I think it is, which is going through the NMM, finding the mod and selecting 'deactivate selected mod', then that's exactly what I did. It was only after trying this that I deleted them, then when that didn't work I uninstalled/reinstalled Skyrim. When that didn't work either, I uninstalled/deleted SKSE and all its files that I could find.

Just to clarify, going through NMM finding the mod and selecting deactivate selected mod is uninstalling the mod completely.

There are two tabs in NMM. One tab is for Mods to activate/deactivate which installs and uninstalls the mods and there is a tab for plugins.

Unchecking the esps leaves the mod installed, but only disables the plugin without uninstalling the mod.

I know it is probably to late now because you deactivated the mods and then deleted them using the mods tab, but I was talking about unchecking the the boxes in the plugins tab one by one to find out which mod was causing the CTD without resorting to uninstalling the mod completely.

That way once you found the culprit you could either go through the installation instructions again for that mod and find out what you did wrong or deactivate that one mod without possibly corrupting your entire Skyrim install.
Zefram Cochrane Jul 23 @ 8:26am 
Something thats left requres content thats been deleted. It can't find it so it CTD's. This is a perfect example why you shouldn't delete content en masse.
Last edited by Zefram Cochrane; Jul 23 @ 8:26am
Bullwinkle Jul 23 @ 8:40am 
Originally posted by naynayading:
Kelvy - what exactly is LOOT?

LOOT is a program every modder needs to know about. It optimizes the load order of your mods so they don't conflict with each other.
Ilja Jul 23 @ 9:22am 
naynayading Jul 24 @ 5:39am 
Thank you everyone for further clarification. I've never done much modding before - only with Dragon Age, and that was easy, so I didn't need to learn any of these things. I will look into this LOOT program, thank you Ilja for providing me with a link, and thank you Bullwinkle for telling me more about it.
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