I finally understood what it was saying. The problem (IMO) is the instructions are poorly written.
I finalyl figured out that when you Edit them it makes a backup of them. STEP wants you to create a NEW mod with the cleaned file. So you make a new directory in your Mods directory with the appropriate name (update.esm cleaned, for instance) then you put the Cleaned file (in your data directory) into that folder.
Then you take either a copy of the original file that you made OR the TES5EDIT created backup and put it back in the Data directory.
In other words you keep the Data directory for steam/skyrim with the DEFAULT non edited files (in case you ever need to go back etc) and you make a NEW MOD in MO with the cleaned ones.
Still lost in many othe rplaces with this guide..sometimes it's cleal others it is jacked up. Like telling yo uto create a LOOT rule for mods you have not installed yet (you can't)
Ok that makes sence now. I've justo only started to use MO with STEP, and was up to step 2, so no many mods there yet to miss them on the skyriim/data folder.
I gess I shouldn't have skiped the MO tutorial to start with eighter, as it mentions there the need to run Skyrim from the MO, that should have raised a Flag (I don't think I've read it on the STEP guide yet.
I'm gessing it also keeps it's own version of skyrims .inis? as the modifications I did throgh MO were not showing up on the actual files on the Documents/My Games/Skyrim folder. Is that correct as well?
Yes, in MO you use Profiles, which each profile has it's own Ini files. If you look in the MO folder you'll see a profiles directory. However within MO is a button (the wrenches) at th etop click that and choose "edit ini" and you can edit both ini files right in MO. These are separate from your Documents files.
MO keeps all files from your actual Skyrim install, incleading steam and documents files, separate.
The great thing is say you just finished instally STEP:Core afte rdays of work (like me). Now you can go into the profiles editor, make a copy of it named "STEP: Core - Backup" or something. Then change things in the profile fo rtesting.
If you mess something up you have the backup. Very nice.
Step 5 makes perfect sense to me in light of step 4. Do I need to explain the why of the instructions as well as the instructions? Step 5 simply restores the uncleaned ESM to the original data directory so that if you verify cache in Steam, it won't need to download and change that file. Also, you always have the original ESM to go back to in case you need to update the cleaning of it. The cleaned file in Cleaned Update ESM mod provides the file to the game, so the original uncleaned ESM is not ever used as long as the Cleaned Update ESM is active.
The part that confused me is that when I cleaned Update.esm, no files were put in overwrite like it says they will. I don't know why..but with that file, they never were. Once I did the next files cleaning it DID put them in the overwrite..so then I figured out what I was supposed to do with each.
Maybe some error just on my end or something..but eventually sorted it out. Not really STEP's fault here.
Edited by NewYears1978, 18 July 2014 - 02:44 AM.