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


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:

Below you will find a list with 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 for 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 High-Performance NVidia processor in your Nvidia control panel. ATI cards may have similar issue.

Best Solution: If nothing above works for you and you are still unable to start the game, you need to apply our patch and it will optimize and fix your game. For more details about this, go to the end of the post! (Go Now)

#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 in 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 reliance on other mods that uses 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 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.

Best solution for all types of crashes: The best solution to fix your crashes and play the game is to use our patch and apply it to your game. It will optimize it and fix your crashes. For more details go to the end of the post! (Go Now)

#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 “Mange 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.

Best solution for Performance Issues: The best solution to fix the performance issues is to optimize your game, after that the frame rate will be stable and you won’t encounter any freezes. To optimize Skyrim Special Edition, you need to use our patch. For more details, check the tutorial below on how to apply it to your game!

Fix Skyrim Special Edition Errors Tutorial:

*Only for Game Not Starting, Crashes and Optimization for Performance Issues

So the new enhanced version of Skyrim is now available and you are unable to play it because of annoying issues and bugs? Don’t worry, our team will help you fix your game and you will play it and start slaying dragons in a matter of minutes.

You are here because you probably encounter one of these errors Crashes, Performance Issues or you are unable to start your game. If you have one of this issues, don’t worry anymore because now you can fix them by applying our patch and following the steps below.  So just sit back, relax, follow the tutorial and in maximum 10 minutes, you will be playing the new Skyrim.

You are probably wondering what is this patch and how does it work, right? Well, our patch is developed by our team, we are a few gaming enthusiasts with a passion for coding and by doing this we are trying to help the gamers community. We know that you paid quite a lot of money for your game and not being able to play it it’s just annoying.

Our patch will change some files and registry .dll’s in the game folder and it will also optimize your Windows for best performance. It will help you get the latest graphic card driver, that works with Skyrim Special Edition. (Please Note: our patch won’t interfere by any means with your Steam account, you will be safe the whole time!)

Below you can find an image on how the patch looks like and also a tutorial on how to properly use it. Please follow the tutorial step by step to make sure that you apply the patch correctly to your game. If you are not sure about some things please contact our support team. You will find the download link in the first step of the tutorial!

To make sure that you apply the patch correctly to your game please follow the tutorial below step by step. If you are not sure about something just ask us, our Support Team answers in a matter of minutes.

How to apply our patch:

  1. Download the archive of the patch from here: download
  2. Extract the downloaded archive on your PC, and open the patch from the folder.
  3. Your GPU will be selected automatically, make sure that you use your dedicated GPU if you have a laptop!
  4. Select the game executable from the game folder, if you used the default Origin install folder it should be: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Skyrim Special Edition″.
  5. Select your issue or issues from the box to the right and click the corresponding “Fix” button.
  6. After your errors are successfully fixed, you can click the “Launch Game” button and play the game.

How to download: Well, you might think that our download service is pretty annoying but is very effective. To download you just need to complete a simple offer, it usually takes a few minutes, and after that, you will be able to download the patch. We use this service because it’s the only way to support our developers and to keep releasing and updating patches for games. Thank you! We hope you understand us and have fun playing Skyrim!

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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