…so; when I installed STEP
1.9.1 or 3 a (?) I followed the guide meticulously and absolutely loved the result. While it’s true that there were some problems, I chalked that up to 3 factors: 1) I used saves from heavily-modded pre-STEP
installs; 2) I added many non-STEP
mods to the basic STEP
alignment; 3) I freely, w/out care, added mods to my basic, STEP
-based, install-w/out care or caution. The end result was (wait for it…)-fantastic, and largely, bug/glitch free!
…so, when I decided to install STEP
2.1.1b, I made a resolute commitment to be very meticulous in following both the STEP
guide and the Skyrim installation guide, tempered by the Skyrim STEP
Wrye Smash guide. Maybe it is a result of the non-integration of these 3 guides, or maybe because I was just impatient, but I did something different, instead-something I didn’t want to do, yet now want to ask the community what it thinks is the likely result…
…I followed the STEP
2.1.1b guide meticulously through the section covering the must-be-in-order graphics/texture mods, and then simply used Smash to install every other mod in the guide w/out any care or consideration other than ensuring that all mods w/ options were rendered into simple form. Other than that-nothing. This resulted in BOSS
recognizing, and ordering, everything w/out warnings, and all Smash tik-boxes are uniformly colored. The game loads beautifully.
I only surrendered scrupulous attention to modding detail because I began to wonder if I had been too anal when using the previous STEP
process (1.9. 3 or whatever), and wondered what would happen if I threw caution to the wind…
…so my question is: Although my game seems to be running nicely w/ my half-haphazard install method, is there likely any serious problems endemic which cannot be identified by the fairly short running-around testing which I have done so far (I have made it to Whiterun stables and surrounding areas without taking a single quest since leaving Helgen) or is it actually the case that one can install STEP
rather cavalierly so long as anal-ness is observed throughout initial set-up and the order-specific texture mods?
…in other words; given my partial adherence to procedure-have I opened myself up to bugs/glitches that are easily avoidable by patiently, and tediously, installing STEP
in a more measured manner?
Plus: Could somebody please provide a basic guide to using ACH? Either I’m just too stupid (very possible), or it is just not very easy to ascertain. – (or it is still in testing, and not ready for general use, I suppose).
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