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How do I load a mod into creation kit?

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how to i open mods in the creation kit i downloaded manually?


i want to learn how mods use certain areas of the kit and i cant open them


i download hte mod and extract the rar file with winrare. but when i move the folder to the data folder,  i cant see the mod or plugin to open it

Edited by max10121, 14 July 2020 - 07:21 AM.



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I would use a mod manager if I were you.


After you extracted the rar file did you open it and move the files to the Data folder individually?


You cannot just plunk the file into your Data folder, the file should have an .esp "Elder Scrolls Plugin" or esm "Elder Scrolls Master" file and other files like mesh and texture files depending on the mod that must be added to your Data folder and in some cases will overwrite files already there, or not depending, once again on the mod.


Unless you are an experienced modder you would be rather foolish to download mods manually, use a mod manager.


Unless the esp or esm file is in your Data folder I do not believe it will show up in the CK.



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If the Creation Kit is open when you install the mod, the CK will not recognize it.  Always make sure the CK is not running when installing your mods.  May not be the reason it is not working for you, but it is good information to have nonetheless.

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