gibby_666 May 12, 2014 @ 3:45pm
How do I redownload Skyrim?
Sorry for the noobish question...but I assume there is a way to re-download Skyrim from my steam account? I've tinkered with so many mods that the original data files are full of bad edits. Rather than try to clean them, I just want to to delete everything and start over...I don't mind losing my saves (I was planning to restart anyways)....but I don't know what to do.

I tried looking through my account/profile options but I'm not seeing what I'm looking for.

Thanks
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supermegasupermega May 12, 2014 @ 3:51pm 
I wouldn't bother deleting everything. You could if you want. What about just deleting the data folder then doing a verify game cache so it just downloads those files? None of the mods will affect anything outside of the data folder as far as I know?

You could further refine what you delete and maybe only get rid of the meshes sound and textures folders which is what most mods change. Many mods just add an esp file and all that is needed is removing it.
Last edited by supermegasupermega; May 12, 2014 @ 3:53pm
la_nague May 12, 2014 @ 3:53pm 
go to your library and rightclick skyrim.


you can either press "delte local content" or you can go to properties.
In properties you can go to "local files" and there you can either "verify integrity of gamecahce" or you can go to "browse local files" and then it opens the directory in your explorer and you can manually delete it.

"delte local content" deinstalls the game, but i dont know if ot leave the mods in place.
veryfy cache restores all original files to their original state, but doesnt change any files you added.
manually deleting the directory will delete all your mods and all game files, afterwards or before, you will need to deinstall it as well, otherwise steam will get confused.


gibby_666 May 12, 2014 @ 3:55pm 
Originally posted by supermegasupermega:
I wouldn't bother deleting everything. You could if you want. What about just deleting the data folder then doing a verify game cache so it just downloads those files? None of the mods will affect anything outside of the data folder as far as I know?

I don't know. I've never really modded a game before Skyrim. It might be easier to just start over with a clean slate, but this game cache idea sounds like it might work as a quick fix. What do I have to do to verify the game cache?
Hoshikudaki May 12, 2014 @ 3:55pm 
1. Right Click on Skyrim in your Steam Library and there should be a option to delete local content.
2. Go to Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim and delete any left over files (Normally from loose file mods and SKSE etc)
3. Double click on Skyrim in your Steam Library to install again.

PS: If you want to try save time/bandwidth make a Backup of Skyrim first then restore it after removing everything.

Edit: To Verify the game cache you need to right click on Skyrim and go to properties than under local files there should be a verify game cache option or something similar.
Last edited by Hoshikudaki; May 12, 2014 @ 3:56pm
gibby_666 May 12, 2014 @ 4:00pm 
thanks for the replies guys....trying to validate the cache now.
supermegasupermega May 12, 2014 @ 4:00pm 
Originally posted by gibby_666:
I don't know. I've never really modded a game before Skyrim. It might be easier to just start over with a clean slate, but this game cache idea sounds like it might work as a quick fix. What do I have to do to verify the game cache?

Right click on Skyrim then chose properties. The click on local files tab and chose verify integrity of game cache.

Most mods are only an .esp or .esm file and some make chaages to the meshes sounds and textures folders. You could delete everything as long as bandwidth is not a problem for you but it is probably overkill in most cases.
Eviscerator | 300+ Subs! May 12, 2014 @ 4:01pm 
well enb's and other mods of that nature can cause issues outside of the data folder, so it all dependes on what kind of mods and issues you are having, and sorry if teh issue was stated, but i don't have time at the moment to read all the comments but i would like to help
supermegasupermega May 12, 2014 @ 4:05pm 
I don't use enb's but yes they could then again so could SKSE and maybe some other programs.
gibby_666 May 12, 2014 @ 4:08pm 
yeah in light of those last two comments, I think I'll just go for the full delete and re-install. bandwidth is not an issue for me.

Thanks for the help everyone. :D
Uncle64[SwE] May 12, 2014 @ 4:09pm 
Delete the mods first. And use G.E.M.S they are better then ENB.
Hoshikudaki May 12, 2014 @ 4:32pm 
Originally posted by Uncle64SwE:
Delete the mods first. And use G.E.M.S they are better then ENB.

errm G.E.M.S is a list of mods that are "lore-friendly Gameplay Enhancement Mods for Skyrim"(Quoted from their site).

whereas ENB is a 3rd party tool that provides Graphical Enhancements.
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Rabidnid May 12, 2014 @ 7:03pm 
uninstall the game, then go to your programs>steam>steamapps>common folder and delete skyrim. It might be in a different spot on your PC but find it and delete it. Also find the folder with your saves file in it and delete that as well. Reboot and there wioll be no trace of the old game. Reinstall and make a copy of your data folder, and then start installing mods again.If you screw anything up you can copy the original from the stored folder.
gibby_666 May 12, 2014 @ 7:59pm 
thats a great idea, cheers.
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