MCM Menu Troubleshooting
by CrushBoss & Mardoxx
Contributions from Vaeron & GSJ1977
Most MCM menu issues are a result of SKSE not working correctly for one reason or another. No MCM options means SKSE isn't working correctly.
At any time if this guide fixed your problem you do not need to continue, however it doesn't hurt to read through the whole thing. Please make a backup of any files you delete or change throughout this process.
First off, here are some tips to help you have the best Skyrim experience:
1. Use Windows 7 or Windows 8 64-bit version
2. Have 8 GB of RAM installed
3. The number of mods your computer can support is mainly dependent on two factors - #1 Your system memory or RAM - #2 Your video cards VRAM (video ram).
If you don't have at least 4 GB of system memory (RAM) and 1 GB of VRAM you aren't going to be able to run very many mods (especially HD texture packs and mods).
4. If you have a choice between downloading the same mod from the Steam Workshop or Skyrim Nexus, use the Skyrim Nexus version (remove the mod from your Subscribed list in the Steam Workshop if applicable)
5. Do not install Skyrim/Steam to the Programs or Program Files folder - Doing so may cause rights/permission issues. Use the DVD version, if possible, and select a custom install path; or install Steam manually and select a custom install path and then Skyrim will install under the Steam folder.
6. Always keep your Skyrim installation and mods up-to-date!
7. Become familiar with BOSS, Wrye Bash, and TES5Edit. BOSS is great to identify potential problems and conflicts as well as sorting your load order.
Wrye Bash is good for creating a Bashed Patch to combine leveled lists and other items. TES5Edit is great for making combined patches and cleaning dirty mods.
8. Read and follow all instructions when installing and upgrading mods. Pay close attention to incompatibilities, special upgrade instructions, and mod requirements!
1. Start Steam manually (if it doesn't automatically load with Windows)
2. Double-click on skse_loader.exe from your Skyrim folder or create a shortcut for it on the desktop
Try creating a new save game starting a new character and see if the problem still exists
If you are using NMM to launch Skyrim you must click on 'Launch SKSE' instead of 'Launch Skyrim'.
Reinstall SKSE (even if you've already done it). The latest version can be found here: http://skse.silverlock.org/
1. Extract the SKSE archive to a folder using WinRar or 7zip
2. Copy everything (including the Data folder) inside the SKSE installation folder
3. Paste it in your Skyrim folder (the folder that has TESV.exe in it) (typically Steam\steamapps\common\ Skyrim)
4. It will ask whether you want to merge the Data folder, click yes. If you don't see this prompt you aren't grabbing the Data folder in the SKSE installation files
5. If you did it correctly you will see a skse_loader.exe file (among others) in your Skyrim folder
6. Right-click on skse_loader.exe - 'Send to' - Desktop (create shortcut)
7. Right-click on the skse_loader shortcut on your desktop - Properties - Compatibility - Check 'Run this program as an Administrator' - OK (option may not be available on Windows XP or earlier OSes)
Upgrading from an old version of SkyUI
Before installing any files from SkyUI 3.1 or newer, it is recommended to make a clean save game with SkyUI deactivated.
1. Deactivate SkyUI in your load order
2. Launch Skyrim
3. Save your game and exit
4. Uninstall the old version
5. Manually remove any SkyUI files left over from old versions
The 3.0 alpha packages of SkyUI contained loose script files required by mod authors to create configuration menus.
You have to remove these files because they will override any newer scripts in SkyUI.bsa.
1. Locate the 'Scripts' folder in your Skyrim Data folder
2. Delete any script files (.pex) that start with SKI_
3. Delete 'SkyUI.esp' and 'SkyUI.bsa' from the Data folder
Verify that older versions of SkyUI have been completely removed. You can do that by making sure that the following files and folders do not exist (delete them if they do):
and the folder
1. Deactivate all mods that use the MCM menu in your load order (game may CTD if you don't)
2. Launch Skyrim - Save the game - Quit
3. Manually uninstall all mods that use the MCM menu
4. Manually Update ALL mods that use the MCM menu from Skyrim Nexus
Some mods that use the MCM menu used alpha versions of the MCM code and don't work properly with the current version of SkyUI.
I think these used to use the old API: Predator Nightvision, Wet and Cold, Dual Wield Parrying, iHUD, and Shooting Stars. There may be more but I'm not sure.
1. Install SkyUI (latest version) manually from Skyrim Nexus (If you are using the Steam Workshop version, unsubscribe from it in Steam)
2. Reactivate all newly installed mods in your load order (most will still be activated)
3. Launch Skyrim by double-clicking on the skse_loader.exe shortcut on your desktop (you must do this from now on and every time you play Skyrim) and load your most recent save (make sure Steam is running first)
4. Open your inventory, then close it again
5. Make a new game save and exit to desktop
6. Launch Skyrim (using the new method in step 3) and load the save you just made
7. Hit ESC and load the save a second time
8. Save the game and play
Fix Interface incompatibilities and Skyrim Cache
1. Rename your Interface folder in your Skyrim Data folder to Interface-Original
2. Double-click on the Steam tray icon to verify the integrity of Skyrim's game cache: Steam - Library - The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim - (right-click) Properties - Local files tab - Verify integrity of game cache
Delete any D3D*.dll files in your Skyrim folder, disable any ENBs
Skyrim INI problems
1. Delete Skyrim.ini and SkyrimPrefs.ini and allow the game to recreate them (typically under 'Documents - My Games - Skyrim) - make backups in case deleting them doesn't help
2. Check Skyrim.ini make sure that iMinMemoryPageSize, iMaxMemoryPageSize, and iMaxAllocatedMemoryBytes are not out of range or invalid
Easiest thing to do would be to set them to their default values, either by deleting them or, by setting them to the values below:
3. Make sure the following exists in your SkyrimPrefs.ini file:
Graphic Card Profiles
If you are running a RadeonPro or similar card and created a skyrim profile, you have to check that the skse_loader.exe is set as "launcher" and under "alias" besides tesv.exe as an additional game .exe
Otherwise the game starts via skse_loader.exe (that little black window in the upper left corner) and without the original skyrim-steam-launcher, but in the end, radeonpro itself loads via the normal tesv.exe and you are not running the game with skse.
One mod doesn't show MCM menu options but the others do
1. Disable the offending mod
2. Launch Skyrim - Save - Quit
3. Make sure the mod is the latest version from Skyrim Nexus
4. Re-enable the mod in your load order
5. Launch Skyrim loading your new save
SKSE creates log files that will update every time you launch Skyrim. You can open the following files to see if there are any error messages:
· Documents\My Games\Skyrim\SKSE\skse.log
· Documents\My Games\Skyrim\SKSE\skse_loader.log
· Documents\My Games\Skyrim\SKSE\skse_steam_loader.log
Try creating a new save game starting a new character and see if the problem still exists.
1. Uninstall Skyrim
2. Delete the Skyrim folder typically under Steam\steamapps\common\ Skyrim
3. Delete your Skyrim.ini and SkyrimPrefs.ini files
4. Install Skyrim and allow Steam to patch the game
5. Run Skyrim with no mods and save your game (do not load an old save, start a new one)
6. Install SKSE as described earlier
7. Install the Unofficial Patches that apply to the mods you use:
Unofficial Skyrim Patch
Unofficial Dawnguard Patch
Unofficial Hearthfire Patch
Unofficial Dragonborn Patch
8. Make sure the following exists in your SkyrimPrefs.ini file:
9. Install SkyUI (latest version)
10. Launch Skyrim and see if the MCM menu options show up for SkyUI
11. If so, install one mod at a time that uses the MCM menu (do not install any other mods at this time)
12. Launch Skyrim and see if the new mod shows up and has MCM menu options
13. Repeat and rinse
14. Install your other mods (no more than a few at a time) and see if any of them break SKSE or the MCM menu
15. Enjoy your game!
Some computers have difficulty opening and utilizing BSA resources (very rare). You can manually unpack the BSA archive and copy the files to your Skyrim Data folder.
1. Download the latest version of FOMM or another BSA extraction tool
2. Extract the SkyUI.bsa file to a folder
3. Copy the files and folders to your Skyrim Data folder
4. From now on you must manually delete these files if a new version of SkyUI appears and repeat steps 2-3
5. Keep the extracted BSA files in a folder so that you know what files to delete when a new version is released
When all else fails
Your Operating System could be in poor health
Your computer hardware could have problems and only manifest themselves when stressed with games such as Skyrim
Have a computer guru walk through this guide to double-check that you aren't doing something wrong
Ask for help in the SkyUI comments section or forum
Edited by CrushBoss, 12 February 2013 - 01:10 AM.