Do you want to improve or change Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on PC? Here's how to install a mod in Bethesda's huge role-playing epic:

1: Choose your mod and download it. There are tons of mods on offer; for this guide example I'm going to install an enhanced night sky, called Enhanced Night Skyrim. This adds an attractive colored galaxy effect at night. You can find a range of Mods at Skyrimnexus, and a good selection here at Softonic too.

2: Unzip, or expand your file. Almost all mods are offered in compressed form, either ZIP or RAR files. We use free app IZArc to decompress files. To open a compressed file, simply right click, and choose 'Open with IZArc'. Open the target folder and leave it.

3: Open your Skyrim folder. You have to move your mods in here, so lets find it now. Open Windows Explorer, double click your hard drive (C:), then open the folder Program Files (x86), then Steam, then steamapps, then common, then skyrim.

4: Move your mod file. Finally, we're here! Now, simply drag the mod folder  - in this case it's called textures - into the folder called 'Data' in skyrim. That's it! When you next run Skyrim, you'll see your mod has taken effect!


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  • Sera |

    OMGTHANKYOU YOu are awesome! You've made a difference in my life ;___;

  • Connor :) |
    Connor :)

    :S Do you drop the actual file into it, or just everything thats inside the file (Only the actual textures)

  • swayam |

    Best to install and open a compressed file, simply right click, and choose 'Open with IZArc'. Open the target folder and leave it.

  • Jonathan.Riggall |

    @Connor: Just drag the Textures folder into the Data folder and it will work.

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  • promytius |

    WRONG. They are not MODS, the SDK has not been released yet. What you are calling "MODS" are either additions/modifications to existing directories, or batch files to be run within the game. Until the Construction Set is released there can be no real mods based on a non-existing Construction Set. In fact, I would strongly caution users against using any 'mods' until it is released. The game has just had a stability patch, but not all issues are addressed yet. Be careful what you do to your game - play for a while and you will find that learning the game mechanics and developing the right skills for your style of play will have you a Dragonslayer in no time. I have over 200 hours into this game, and I've found that even consoling in modifications can be unstablizing, so always work off of a saved file when trying anything. The BEST way to really enjoy the game? Buy the Official Player's Guide -it's 600+ pages for $25 and lays the game bare for you so you can enjoy its fullness for the next decade. Having said that, I had to find a program to remap the keyboard (outside of the program) before I could navigate what was the worst interface design ever done by Bethesda! The best dungeon combat system I've ever seen, the best graphics (and all that are really available right now are graphic mods, and I'd avoid them), a huge land to explore, great AI; this could have been the best game ever; instead they poisoned it with an unmanageable interface and almost killed the game before it was out of the box. In some menus a left-click is a right click - put something in your left hand with the right mouse button? Ridiculous! The entire left side of the interface is not there, and a click to the LEFT of any menu choice closes the menu! "R" in the inventory side takes one item out; an "R" in the container menu takes EVERYTHING! If you remap the keys (AND YOU WILL) "E" becomes useless and it is the only key to pick up and retain books with. Those are just a few of the problems with the menus. I love this game until I have to interact with it; then I hate it. I can't wait for the CS! I've worked around many problems, used the bat command in the console a lot, and still, the worst interface when you need to DO something other than fight. However, you do not need any mods or console commands to thoroughly enjoy this game and to 'win' with many characters; once the main quest is over, there are literally hundreds and hundreds of other things to do, adventures to go on, careers to try, things to explore, and a visual world of unending beauty. Enjoy.

  • Jonathan.Riggall |

    Hi Promytius, These 'modifications' are normally referred to as mods. They may not be specifically the type of mods you are looking for, but they modify the game, which is the definition of a mod however it is achieved. You are right to recommend saving games before trying out any mods, though!

  • promytius |

    Yes Jonathan, I agree that is the definition; my point was that until the official interface is released, you are taking your chances, as they consist of files and folders to be added/overlayed onto your existing files, and that there are no esm or esp files yet that can be created until the Construction Set. 90% of the 'mods' so far are files that replace current graphic files by overwriting files or adding additional graphic files in, most aimed at 'improving' the graphics, a concept that so far seems utterly irrelevant, as it is such a beautiful game. Finally, in my experience, the files that caused the most instability were graphic modifications to all the other Bethesda games, and often caused more problems than were solved. These are not developed by hoards of programmers, it's one person on a computer, mostly, so their testing cannot possibly be comprehensive, I doubt most are cross-platform or OS tested, and rely on user feedback (it didn't work-type feedback) to fix them. Better to wait, and investigate the 'mod' in the forums for comments, look at how many times it has been downloaded; some sites will rate them, some sites count their 'endorsements' as well - this game (interface excepted) stands on its own better than any game before it by Bethesda, which is why the mods can and should wait. Thanks.

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  • Prometheus |


    no one said that this is a prerequisite for the game. it's basically user preference if they want to use this or in your case you'd rather not. yes it's done by just one person or two (kudos to the people who spent precious hours for such tweaks) but i never heard that this kind of mods are illegal or restricted as this are only graphic mods and not actual hacks that would harm the both the user and game provider. it's a good thing that you gave your view of the game but then again "beauty is relative" and you have no idea of what the power of reviews and surveys do, do you? some people would take their chances and some just like in your case would rather not but then again "user discretion" and we respect that. just like your user name for example, your own discretion and no one's gonna ask you about why you chose that and spelled it that way.


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  • Valheim |

    what do I do? I can't find the COMMON folder in STEAM folder?T__T I installed the game separately, not downloaded it from steam?? please help.

  • tim |

    how do you get game

  • fbd |

    i think i have fart butt disease

  • johnyman456 |

    Tim you go to gamestop and buy it!!!

  • Nixeon115 |

    Okay, thanks for this. The way you explain it is much more helpful than any of the other guides I saw on the internet. ^_^

  • Nixeon115 |

    Okay, thanks for this. The way you explain it is much more helpful than any of the other guides I saw on the internet. ^_^

  • Awakener |

    does this work for mac?

  • king god |
    king god

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  • Zac parkes |
    Zac parkes

    i followed steps exacly and it still has not modded my game at all. help!

  • Eehee |

    Does Unpacking the mod count as unzipping? Need an answer.

  • Jonathan.Riggall |

    @Eehee. Unpacking does indeed mean unzipping.

  • Stuart Stevenson |
    Stuart Stevenson

    I did all of these steps but it still doesn't work

  • sparten roxx |
    sparten roxx

    when i put the texture in data, its asked me to replace it should i replace it or not please help

  • Derp |

    It still won't work for me

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    MARRY ME<3

  • jeng.jse |

    do you drag the entire mod folder into the data folder? it didn't work for me

  • drizzyoverlookikie |

    i need help jst with 1 thing pls make skyrim better by making magicka for blowing everything outta sight

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