jettman0 Jul 21, 2013 @ 6:48pm
Skyrim doesn't launch after pressing Play
I havn't played Skyrim in a while but a few days ago when I tried to load it up I launched the Skyrim launcher and pressed play on the screen that comes up and after that nothing happens. The launcher closes but the game doesn't start. I have re-installed several times, verified game cache several times, and I have no mods installed, so I have no idea why it won't launch. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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TheNovemberMan Jul 22, 2013 @ 2:32am 
you turn on your pc, you launch steam, you press play skyrim, your skyrim page opens then press play again.
Rhuto Jul 22, 2013 @ 2:40am 
seems that was what the OP did...so not much help in your statements Trigger.

OP, I am not sure I can help you either, but try to do this;

When you get the first screen, choose "Data files" and see if everything has a mark on them.

(you tell you have none mods installed...do you by any chanse try to start the game from an old save that have been playd with mods?...if so...try to start a new game and see if it loads then)

You might also download BOSS, and run it...it will put up the right loadorder for your files.

If you don't get it to work...please state a bit more about your PC, What OS (win7 or win8 and so on)

Do you run any virus protection....try to disable and see if the game starts then...the fault is on your side...it is just to figure out what prevent it.
SlowFatKid Jul 22, 2013 @ 5:33am 
Set tesv.exe to run as admin
jettman0 Jul 22, 2013 @ 8:54am 
Originally posted by Rhuto:
seems that was what the OP did...so not much help in your statements Trigger.

OP, I am not sure I can help you either, but try to do this;

When you get the first screen, choose "Data files" and see if everything has a mark on them.

(you tell you have none mods installed...do you by any chanse try to start the game from an old save that have been playd with mods?...if so...try to start a new game and see if it loads then)

You might also download BOSS, and run it...it will put up the right loadorder for your files.

If you don't get it to work...please state a bit more about your PC, What OS (win7 or win8 and so on)

Do you run any virus protection....try to disable and see if the game starts then...the fault is on your side...it is just to figure out what prevent it.
When I choose data files there isn't anything in there listed, so nothing is checked but nothing can be checked, there is nothing there. Should there be? Also I'm runnning windows 8 on my computer, but I've tried running in compatability mode and it didn't change a thing
Rhuto Jul 22, 2013 @ 9:45am 
Hmm, strange thing indeed.

I can see you have reg the game, so you own a valid copy of it.
You have installed it through Steam I assume.
Normally should then the needed files be spotted at once.

You might try out ;
https://code.google.com/p/better-oblivion-sorting-software/
Which will search for the files, and sort them....if this one don't find any then strange indeed.

Have you installed Steam in "Programfiles"....it is a bit sad that Microsofts "security" many times prevent programs to work at all in this Dir, I would recommend to move steam to a ""Games/Steam dir outside of ""Programfiles""

You might also do as "Kid" says, run as admin....but it is little help if "Data files" not contain anything.
You might go to your Skyrim dir and try it out...if programfiles are the dir..it should be something like this;
C:/Programfiles/steam/steamapps/common/skyrim
Ther you will find the exe files for Skyrim...right click it and choose "run as administrator"

Last edited by Rhuto; Jul 22, 2013 @ 9:51am
jettman0 Jul 22, 2013 @ 9:49am 
Originally posted by Rhuto:
Hmm, strange thing indeed.

I can see you have reg the game, so you own a valid copy of it.
You have installed it through Steam I assume.
Normally should then the needed files be spotted at once.

You might try out ;
https://code.google.com/p/better-oblivion-sorting-software/
Which will search for the files, and sort them....if this one don't find any then strange indeed.

Have you installed Steam in "Programfiles"....it is a bit sad that Microsofts "security" many times prevent programs to work at all in this Dir, I would recommend to move steam to a ""Games/Steam dir outside of ""Programfiles""

You might also do as "Kid" says, run as admin....but it is little help if "Data files" not contain anything.

I have searched the net and found something you might read.
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3005348
Thanks for all the suggestions but turns out I found what I needed to do, odd solution considering I've re-installed several times. All I did was delete everything in my skyrim folder except for the folders and verify game cache, they were replaced, and now it runs. Not sure why that worked but now I can play it, thanks for the help though.
Rhuto Jul 22, 2013 @ 9:52am 
Happy for you...enjoy :)
Rookie Jul 11 @ 12:24am 
Originally posted by Trigger:
you turn on your pc, you launch steam, you press play Skyrim, your Skyrim page opens then press play again.
What I do is launch 3-5 Skyrims at a time. It works on or after the third or fourth time. I hate it.
MageThis Jul 11 @ 6:19am 
Sweet Mother of Talos. Necroing this thread was the best you could find for "Skyrim doesn't launch"?
ooeJack Jul 22 @ 10:57pm 
I had the exact same problem. There seems to be multiple fix choices you can try, with some working and others not working depending on the PC. Validating, Reinstalling from steam, Running as Administrator etc did not fix it for me.

What worked for me, is uninstalling Skyrim completely, then reinstalling using the CD, retail version. (I bought the game from EB games ages ago) Once that finished, steam updated it, and it worked. I hope this can help somebody. :D
Last edited by ooeJack; Jul 22 @ 10:57pm
alexis.michaud666 Sep 4 @ 9:41am 
update your direct X verssion fixed it for me ;)
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