philip08.36 Apr 10, 2013 @ 2:51pm
skyrim esm and update esm help
Accidently deleted the above files how do I get them back?
Complete novice and could do with some help please, as game crashes at start.
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ChaotiKPranXter Apr 10, 2013 @ 3:07pm 
These are both MASTER files, and the game can't be played without Skyrim.esm at all. If you truly can't recover them, then you have to reinstall the game completely. Backup any saves you already have if you want to keep them as they will be unaffected and can be reloaded into the game files after the fresh install.
Save files are usually located in:
My Documents/My Games/Skyrim/Saves
stabbykitteh Apr 10, 2013 @ 3:14pm 
Originally posted by philip08.36:
Accidently deleted the above files how do I get them back?
Complete novice and could do with some help please, as game crashes at start.
You shouldn't need to reinstall.

Right click on Skyrim in your Library, go to Properties > Local Files > click Verify Integrity of Game Cache. Steam *should* replace the missing files.
Last edited by stabbykitteh; Apr 10, 2013 @ 3:15pm
ChaotiKPranXter Apr 10, 2013 @ 3:23pm 
Verifying my cache never replaced any missing files, only warned of them being gone. But if it works, it works.
stabbykitteh Apr 10, 2013 @ 3:27pm 
It's always worked for me. Something to try before reinstalling the whole game (not everyone has unlimited or fast internet).
ChaotiKPranXter Apr 10, 2013 @ 3:30pm 
Like I said, if it works, it works. I myself am in that boat. If I had to do a clean re-install, it would take me about 4 days on my wifi. lol No thanks.
gcomputerman1956 Aug 30, 2013 @ 10:42am 
I would like to add a mod to my game but it says I need to Update.my esm and I have no idea what it is or how to do it. Please help. thanks
ChaotiKPranXter Aug 30, 2013 @ 1:19pm 
Right click on Skyrim in your games list and click on the update tab to see what version you have. Make sure it is the latest one, if not, update it. Other than that, if the mod requires anything else, it should specify in its description.
gcomputerman1956 Aug 30, 2013 @ 5:52pm 
thank you ChaotikPranxter for the help
ChaotiKPranXter Aug 30, 2013 @ 9:52pm 
Sure thing. Hope it helps, if not, feel free to inquire further.
gcomputerman1956 Aug 31, 2013 @ 7:22am 
ok if I understood u correctly I right clicked on skyrim 5 go to properties across the top is 6 tabs one of which is updates and it says steam will keep software updated as soon as new updates are available. If this isnt what u are taking about please provide with some more detail to I can try to update my esm. oh my the it didnt give me way it didnt give me a version . But I remember seeing a few days ago that I had the latest patch installed. Would that have updated my esm? anymore help I would be very gratefull
ChaotiKPranXter Aug 31, 2013 @ 8:37am 
Okay, right click on Skyrim, go to properties and local files. Click on Game cache, and restore local. This should give you any files you may or are missing. Once that is done, (make physical backups of mods if you know they are safe and working), test the game. If it doesn't work, insure that the game is set to auto backup-update, what you just did, and repeat. If this doesn't work, message me personally with the exact error message you are recieving. Word for word, as well as the last mods you've installed and tried running since you have had problems.
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gcomputerman1956 Aug 31, 2013 @ 2:56pm 
I did as u asked and got as far as local files do not see a file see a file called game cashe but find a button backup steam files and also found a file called and in it a found the update.esm file but when tried to open it said need correct program to do so, also I tried to vailidat the interty of my game chache it gave me a the following error message files failed to vailidate and be reaquired. after that it downloaded something game started it works fine as well my other mod I have running but the one requiring the updated.esm still refuses to work, I have also sent the person that develop the game a message he is also stumped as 2 y it wont work.
Kelvy Aug 31, 2013 @ 3:51pm 
I just verified my game yesterday after a crash and 5 files had failed, steam then automaticially downloaded 3.3gb. That part is now OK now to find the mod causing it. Same old saying deactive all of them one at at time re add them.
gcomputerman1956 Sep 4, 2013 @ 7:51pm 
I have all mod working now thanks to you, THANK YOU but now I have a new problem I hope you can help me with or at leat tell where to look to solve it. when I completely unload eveything from my inventory exthe stuff that it wont let me get rid of such as quest items it still says I ways 3000 pounds and I have no idea why. and help would be most apresseated
ChaotiKPranXter Sep 5, 2013 @ 12:39am 
How many mods are you running? Are you using BOSS or WryeBash?
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