How To Fix Skyrim Special Edition Errors, Not Starting, Crashes, Performance FPS Issues

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition was launched on Steam on 28th October, that’s two days ago, and by now a lot of players keep complaining, on forums and boards, about issues of the game. The new game is an enhanced and remastered version of the venerable Bethesda RPG.

The following Skyrim Special Edition errors are making the game unplayable and a lot of players are currently complaining about them. For example, some of these issues are Crashes – the game crashes randomly while playing or at the startup, Game Not Starting – when you try to start the game nothing happens or you receive an error, Performance Issues– especially issues with the frame rate of the game like Low FPS and FPS Drops but Stuttering and Freezes were also reported.

Winner of more than 200 Game of the Year Awards, Skyrim Special Edition brings the epic fantasy to life in stunning detail. The Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more. Skyrim Special Edition also brings the full power of mods to the PC and Xbox One. New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, armor, weapons and more – with Mods, there are no limits to what you can experience.

Before trying to fix your issues you need to make sure that you meet the minimum system requirements of the game because this version of the game will require a lot from your PC. You need at least 8GB of RAM and either GTX 470 or AMD HD 7870. If you don’t meet the minimum system requirements, you need to upgrade your PC and see if you encounter the same issue again, if that’s so, check the list with solutions and workarounds below.

System Requirements


    • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
    • Processor: Intel i5-750/AMD Phenom II X4-945
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 470 1GB /AMD HD 7870 2GB
    • Storage: 12 GB available space


    • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit Version)
    • Processor: Intel i5-2400/AMD FX-8320
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB /AMD R9 290 4GB
    • Storage: 12 GB available space

Skyrim Special Edition Errors:

Table of contents:

  1. Skyrim Special Edition Not Starting
  2. Skyrim Special Edition Black Screen
  3. Skyrim Special Edition Crashes
  4. Skyrim Special Edition Performance Issues – Low FPS&FPS Drops

Below you will find a list of the most common Skyrim Special Edition issues that players are reporting on the forums. For each error, you will have a corresponding solution or workaround, with which you can fix the game and play it. Go ahead and find your solution! (Note: If you don’t know how to apply a workaround please contact our Support Team here and someone will help you fix your game!)

1. Skyrim Special Edition Not Starting


A lot of players are complaining because they are unable to open the game. When they try to start the game and click the Play button in the Steam Library, nothing happens and the game won’t start. For some players, the avatar icon switches to green and instantly back to blue, meaning that the Steam interface started the game but nothing appears on the screen.


First, try these two workarounds below and see if you can start the game. If not, follow the three solutions below and if nothing works for you, check the “best solution” and this should fix your game and you should be able to start and play it.

  • Try to run the game in compatibility mode
  • Reinstall Visual C++

Solution 1: If you are not using any mods and it’s just not starting, change the “skyrimSE.exe” and “skyrimSELauncher.exe” permissions to run as Administrator and to run as windows 7 compatibility. Right-click on the .exe files (found in your Skyrim SE game directory) then click properties. Now click on the compatibility tab and then set windows 7 compatibility and run as administrator.

Please note that because of Skyrim SE’s infancy, Special Edition modding guides may not yet exist. Please be patient with this.

Solution 2: You may wish to change Skyrim SE’s video setup to borderless and window mode. This has been reported to help many.

Solution 3: (By ScrubLordBlunticulus): Change your Skyrim SE display graphics from Integrated Graphics to a High-Performance NVidia processor in your Nvidia control panel. ATI cards may have a similar issue.

2. Skyrim Special Edition Black Screen

Apparently, players encounter this issue only at the startup of the game, they see a little launcher box and when they click Play, the only thing they see is a black screen with the background music running and nothing else.

Solution for Nvidia players: Go to Control Panel and switch or change the GPU you were using. You encounter this issue because you are not playing on your dedicated GPU, you are playing with the one integrated into your processing unit.

3. Skyrim Special Edition Crashes


Just like in the old Skyrim, random crashes are still present and that is driving players crazy. Players reported that when they look at an NPC or when they get near random objects or towns, for example, Whiterun, their game simply crashes. To fix these crashes and play the game, check the solutions below.

Solution 1: If you are using mods, please make sure your mods aren’t using any scripts and have relied on other mods that use scripts.

Solution 2: Don’t forget, mod order is important, and make sure you have all the mods which your mods rely on. For instance, some mods might sometimes rely on the unofficial Skyrim patch and if you don’t have it, it will crash. Try playing without mods first and see what happens.

Solution 3: Various people have reported that changing the Language helps prevent crashing. You can change the language in Skyrim.ini. If you have a foreign language OS it might not understand your computer so well, using an English or a supported language for your OS (as seen on the Steam Skyrim SE store page) may be helpful.

Solution 4 (By BigDally): If Skyrim SE doesn’t launch or crashes a lot try rebooting your computer. Rebooting is always a good first step because certain things may require a restart such as Vredist which is installed with Skyrim SE. Try restarting the game or at least Steam.

Solution 5 (By jesusleton): Try activating the triple buffer in your Nvidia control panel.

If your launcher crashes or if you are stuck in a loop, check the solutions below:

Solution 1: Try enabling Administrator mode and Windows 7 compatibility to both .exe files in your Skyrim SE folder.
Solution 2: There have been multiple reports that deleting the .exe files in your Skyrim folder and then checking file integrity using Steam, it will re-download the .exe files, and then it will work correctly.

4. Skyrim Special Edition Performance Issues – Low FPS&FPS Drops


It’s obvious that the game requires a lot from your PC but performance issues are encountered even by players with a super high-end PC. This means that the game is poorly optimized and that’s why you are encountering Low FPS, FPS Drops, or Stuttering. Some users consider that the game is unplayable due to these performance issues.


  • By default, Skyrim MIGHT set your GPU to integrated graphics instead of dedicated. From what I’ve seen this is mostly an Nvidia issue. Go to your NVIDIA control panel and then go to “Manage 3D settings”. Add Skyrim SE if it’s not in the list and then change its settings from Global/Integrated Graphis to High-performance NVIDIA processor.
  • Disabling G-Sync can vastly improve performance and remove stuttering.
  • For freezes: This bug occurs during a grid transition, if staying in the same grid, the game would run fine and not crash but leaving the grid, it would crash. Disable your antivirus (reported using Avast) and the issue may be gone.
How To Optimize The FPS! To fix your performance issues and optimize the framerates you can use a trusted tool like DriverFix, it will help you get the latest compatible GPU driver, and it will also optimize your PC and the game for maximum performance.

Let’s hope that by now you managed to fix all your Skyrim Special Edition errors and issues and that you are enjoying the game. If you still encounter some issues, and you are unable to fix them, or you don’t know how to apply our patch, please comment below or open a Support ticket on our support page. After that, a member of our team will help you as soon as possible to fix your error so you can enjoy your game.–GamesErrors Team

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  1. Micheal says

    These fixes would be nice on xbox one. I deal with going to start screen and not able to press start. The only solution i have found is to hard reset the xbox everytime i want to play

  2. Kenny says

    Skyrim- PS4

    I had Athis (companions) following me into Sarthal, and that was the last time I saw him. I can’t recruit another follower because the game says hes still alive. I didnt have him wait anywhere.

    I tried getting arrested, didn’t work

    I tried doing missions that force a new follower on you: I did the moss mother one. Nothing. So I went and completed the thieves guild quests. Still cannot recruit a new follower and Athis is no where to be found. Anyone else have this issue or have a solution, please help!

    1. Kenny says

      Alright I got lucky and solved this issue. I finally got to the totems of hircine quest for the companions radiant list. Aela replaced my current follower. Athis has not reappeared so I assume he died somewhere and the game didn’t recognize the death.

  3. Aj says

    I am having a big issue with the game not even loading in saves iv been on this issue for at least several hours and haven’t had anything change. And when I did work the game wouldn’t even let me fast travel without the game getting stuck in a loading screen. Have tried everything under then sun and even in and reinstalled it and still having issues….

  4. Meghan says

    Mine for ps4 lets me choose the last save but then stays on a loading screen never actually loading i just paid 60 bucks for this game and i cant even play it

    1. Will says

      I had the exact same problem… the way i fixed it is by uninstalling pretty much every mod. One way of checking if your game will load is if there is music playing on the menu screen. At least it was for me anyways

  5. SkuseyBoy says

    Im getting a problem in bleak falls barrow after you kill the first restless draug my game just freezes and i have to use the task manager to close it. I have tried literally everything i can think of i have updated windows, all nvidea drivers. Deleted the .exe files and validated them to reinstall them, I have checked to make sure i got latest directx, i have the latest C++ thing and i have the latest .Netframework. i have run it as admin, i didnt run compatability mode for windows 7 as i have windows 10. My PC is Beafy enough for the game 5680k i7, 16gb ddr4 ram, gtx 980 with 4gb of card memory. i made a new save with 2 mods the unofficial patch and SMIM. I also tried the triple buffer thing didnt work. i also had an FPS issue but i changed the Vsync thing in the .ini files to fix that. i dont know what else to try pls help!!

    1. lalaru says

      I have this issue also and its fucking driving me nuts 🙁 if you find a fix let me know

    2. Mattia says

      I have the very same problem. I also have the unofficial and SMIM mods. There is a specific point in bleakfalls barrow where turning around and, apparently, looking after a certain corner, freezes the game.

      1. Hjorven says

        Update SMIM it fixes this error from 2.03 version

  6. GeronimoBit says

    The issue I’m having is the game refusing to launch when I click “PLAY” on the launch menu. I’ll select the icon, the menu comes up, and then User Account Controls asks if I want SkyrimSElauncher.exe to make changes to my computer. I press “Yes”, then the menu reloads, and if I continue pressing “PLAY”, the menu will keep refreshing over and over and never actually start the game. I’m very confused. Please help

    1. Hjorven says

      Update SMIM it fixes this error from 2.03 version

  7. Pompey says

    Please help…. I am running a brand new High end pc…GTX 1080, i7 cpu 32 g ram… the works…

    Got the game working…and the son of a bitch freezes after about 5 minutes of play… I am even limiting my FPS to less than 70 to stop the physics engine from freaking the hell out. I don’t know what is up. Help please

    1. Tyson says

      If you use Avast, it’s possible that it could be the issue, infact, this little post DOES state that right under workarounds if not, no clue.

  8. Mario Colucci says

    How could you release Skyrim for PS4 without ensuring it works correctly. I am a huge fan of your elder scrolls and fallout series but you have disappointed me. 59.99 for a remade game that crashes??? Hmm you would think it would be more perfected since it was a remake. I can’t even get into the game anymore on PS4. This is BS.

  9. Gregorey says

    Please help…. I am running a brand new High end pc…GTX 1080, i7 cpu 32 g ram…

  10. Daniel says

    I have Skyrim Special edition on Xbox One and everytime I try to enter Riften, the game crashes and takes me back to my Xbox homepage. Any suggestions?

    1. Matt says

      I’m having the same issue but it happens at random places

  11. Crystal says

    Up until an hour ago my game was running smooth with no graphical issues what so ever, until I entered the Ratway Vaults. I am absolutely prettified to touch anything to do with my graphics card just in case I screw up something and can’t fix it. Do you have a video tutorial that I could watch?

  12. Alex skillett says

    I’m on PS4 when I try to save it’s says I have to free up 0kb of space to save I’ve tried everything deleted about 3GB of games and still not loading. Any suggestions?

    1. Bryan says

      Having same problem I can’t find a fix..let me know if you do ..dumped 2 times so far and reloaded works for short time .

  13. Kevin McCoy says

    mange is a skin disease

  14. Andrei says

    Ok, It worked when I select window mode/ bordeless, but how can I change to fullscreen in game ?

    Thanks for your help!

  15. Clara Beasley says

    im not doing some dumbass survey

  16. Lemon Mix says

    kys with your stupid survey shit

  17. vermiss says

    got a great pc never no issues, play with a crappy pc you get crap. This is why I built my own gaming pc and I have no issues. power talks

  18. Nathan says

    I don’t understand. These are all hardware issues, not Skyrim SE issues. Maybe buy a compatible computer before installing the game?

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