How to fix “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition” bugs

By: Madeleine Dean
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is now available for both Xbox One and Windows PC. This game version brings the epic fantasy to life in stunning detail. The Special Edition brings a series of add-ons with all-new features, such as remastered art and effects, dynamic depth of field, and more.

Unfortunately, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition also brings issues of its own. The game’s fans recently created a special Steam forum thread to serve as an unofficial bug and resolution thread. Here, you can list the issues you encounter while playing the game, as well as the corresponding workarounds.

Gamers hope that in this manner, Bethesda will take notice and quickly fix these problems in a patch, or at the very least, players will have a consolidated place where they can find possible answers to their questions.

Fix: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition issues


“My Mouse / Keyboard doesn’t work
Solution 1: Some have reported that unplugging or changing the gamepad setting in the settings fixed this.

Solution 2 (By Smellsbad): If you have a USB device such as a microphone, memory, or even a webcam, try unplugging them and see if this fixes it. Some have reported that the USB microphone was the culprit.


Animations are weird
Solution 1: Many have reported that vsync should be enabled/forced and limted to 60hz. This can be done in the NVIDIA/AMD control panel.
Solution 2 (By BeastMomba11): Go to \Documents\My Games\Skyrim Special Edition\SkyrimPrefs.ini and set iVsyncpresentinterval to 0 if using a G-Sync compatible system. You may also want to do this in the NVIDIA/AMD control panel specific for the game and as an added bonus, it should speed up the game’s performance according to multiple accounts.


I’m getting terribly low FPS
Solution 1: 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 toyour 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.
Solution 2 (By Timptation): Disabling G-Sync can vastly improve performance and remove stuttering.


Skyrim SE keeps crashing
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 3: Various people have reported that changing the Language helps prevent crashing. You can change the language in Skyrim.ini”


For more information about the bugs affecting “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition” and the workarounds available to fix them, check out this dedicated Steam thread. The page is regularly updated.

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