"Clean The Bethesda ESMs
With profiles now set up properly, it is time to begin modding some vanilla game files. To increase stability, TES5Edit will be used to clean ITMs and UDRs from Bethesda 's ESMs. This improves compatibility between the various DLCs and lessens the chance of instability in Skyrim. Perform the following:
Start Mod Organizer. Select "TES5Edit" from the drop down above the right pane and click [Run]. Right-click inside the file listing and select "None". Check the box adjacent to Update.esm and click [OK]. Wait for the message "Background Loader: finished" to appear in the right pane. Right-click Update.esm and select "Apply Filter For Cleaning". Wait for the message "[Filtering Done]" to appear in the right pane. Right-click Update.esm and select "Remove Identical To Master Records". Wait for the message "[Removing Identical to Master records done]". Right-click Update.esm and select "Undelete and Disable References". Wait for the message "[Undeleting and Disabling References done]". Click the [X] on the title bar to close TES5Edit. Verify the box adjacent to Update.esm is checked and also that "Backup Plugins" is checked then click [OK].
Update.esm has now been cleaned, meaning that any improperly removed records or edited records that were identical to the base Skyrim.esm file have been fixed.
Repeat the process above for all of the DLC ESMs in order selecting only one at a time. Do NOT attempt to clean Skyrim.esm itself. Dawnguard.esm must also be cleaned twice to remove all duplicate records.
Normally, when a file is cleaned through TES5Edit using Mod Organizer it is automatically moved back to it's original mod folder and any generated files are moved to <Mod Organizer Path>/overwrite. In the case of the base Bethesda ESM files there is no source mod and so post cleaning the cleaned ESMs are left in the Skyrim/Data folder while the backups are moved to the overwrite folder. The cleaned files should be moved to their own mod folder to preserve a clean Skyrim/Data folder and the backups restored from the TES5Edit Backup folder in overwrite. To resolve this problem, perform the following:
Close Mod Organizer. Navigate to Skyrim/Data and move the newly cleaned Bethesda ESM files to <Mod Organizer Path>/Mods/Cleaned Vanilla ESMs. Navigate to <Mod Organizer Path>/overwrite/TES5Edit Backups and move all of the backup files to the Skyrim/Data folder. Rename the .backup* files to their original name such as Update.esm, Dawnguard.esm and so on. Remove the TES5Edit Backups folder from <Mod Organizer Path>/overwrite.
This process has restored the original game files to allow the game to run in a pristine vanilla state via Steam. When Mod Organizer is started again, a new mod will be added to the left pane called "Cleaned Vanilla ESMs", it must be activated for Mod Organizer to use them.
Start Mod Organizer. Verify Skyrim Revisited is the currently selected profile. Drag the newly created mod "Cleaned Vanilla ESMs" between the "HighResTexturePack03" and "Skyrim Script Extender" mods in the left pane and activate it by checking the box.
To recap the current set up:
- Running Skyrim through Steam results in a completely vanilla experience.
- Running the "Vanilla Skyrim" profile through Mod Organizer with "Skyrim" selected in the drop-down results in a completely vanilla experience.
- Running the "Skyrim Revisited" profile through Mod Organizer with "SKSE" selected in the drop-down results in a SKSE enabled experience using the cleaned base ESM files."
After i cleaned the 4 esm files i closed MO and went to the skyrim/data folder and the 4 esm's there still had my install date and then i went to the override folder in MO there was the cleaned esm's with todays date and the backup folder which leaves me with the question is this info out of date as the cleaned esm's were not in skyrim/data and there was an tes5edit update like last week?
Edited by Manaroth, 28 April 2018 - 08:52 AM.