SuperLotus97 Nov 17, 2013 @ 6:32pm
Should I use BOSS and Wrye Bash?
So far Skyrim seems to be working fine with all of my mods, but I'm coming across mods saying I need BOSS and Wrye Bash. I'm wondering how hard it is to use these two utilities. I'm afraid I'm going to screw something up if I install them. Do these work automatically or do I have to do everything manually? So far I've just decided not to use the new mods that require BOSS and Wrye Bash.
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Dr. Shocks . DO Nov 17, 2013 @ 6:54pm 
BOSS just has a button that you press and it automatically sorts your load order based on community feedback. [even a toddler can use Boss; just click the button]

Wrye Bash is a bit more difficult, but you can use Wrye Bash just for the "Bash Patch" feature.
unfortunately, this will require that your Skyrim game is installed outside of the Program Files folder [it can still work if installed inside the Program Folder, but it can take some tinkering to do].
Although, Wrye Bash is pretty essentials if you want to use many "conflicting" mods [mods that change leveled lists]. As Wrye Bash is the ONLY utility that exists that allows this possibility
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rodneyterry Nov 17, 2013 @ 8:42pm BOSS is a useful utility when first learning how to arrange your mods but it's not a fix-all by any means. You will only really use BOSS if you have NMM installed. However after a dozen or so times using it you will figure out how to do what the program does much quicker on your own, still, i would recommend using it, one more arrow in the quiver doesn't hurt by any means. Wyre Bash is a different beast alltogether. There was a time when you were expected to know how to make patches between conflicting mods (by conflicting i mean two or more mods that alter the same data causing an errors) however, it's something of a bad crutch to lean on. It's much better to get into the habit of not running conflicting mods in the first place than to learn how to fix the issue after the fact. Relying on Wyre Bash to fix issues is a losing proposition in the long run.
My advice, read all the installation instructions and read-me provided by the mod author and pay close attention to both the requirements to run the mod as well as any mods to avoid running with said mod (hence causing a mod conflict), if you do that then there will be no need for Wyre Bash.
SuperLotus97 Nov 17, 2013 @ 9:09pm 
Thanks for the info, guys. I think I need to avoid the impulse to keep installing more mods :D
Kelvy Nov 17, 2013 @ 10:23pm 
Simple version only
Boss shows load order and dirty edits
TES5Edit or WYRE BASH can clean these dirty edits(I mainly use TES5Edit)
WYRE BASH will make a bash mod to link esm's and esp's and update it when you clean.
Note you must verify game after each cleaning session as some files may need updates (I found in my case 66mbs)
Recheck BOSS and dirty edits will not show, only active will be on and bash tags in those files cleaned. Hint - never clean SKYRIM.esm only its UPDATE and DLC's.
Also it is daunting task when you first do it but once known it is easy after that.
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