Jump to content
Heavy Traffic ×

How to install Mods for Fallout 3

was this helpful   

197 members have voted

  1. 1. was this helpful at all???

    • Yes !!!! thankyou
    • No....nothing i try works......
    • alittle bit
    • i`m just clicking this because i dont know what i`m doing ???

Recommended Posts



For the time being this guide is only for people who have got the dvd's disks or The Game of Year version, if you have the downloaded version from steam or direct 2 drive ect only use this as a ruff guide, when i have some time i will be rewriting all of this to included these versions.






first off where to install fallout 3


It is recommended that you install Fallout 3 to someplace other than C:\Program Files\ because on Windows Vista and windows 7, there are additional security features that can be problematic.


Install Fallout 3 to someplace like C:\Fallout3 or D:\Games\Fallout3 ect


For Windows 7


Ok people i would just like to say that Fallout 3 was never tested on windows 7 so some of this guide may not work , but most of it will just follow the Vista bits, if you need more help just post in here Thanxs :thumbsup:


Mod Pre Requisites


1) first off Download the program ArchiveInvalidation Invalidated

Click here >>>>> http://www.fallout3nexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=944


2) Extract/install the files to the Fallout 3


3) Run ArchiveInvalidation Invalidated.exe


will look something like this




4) Click Activate aka run it once



Official Downloadable Content (DLC)help


- These are now available and will most-likely be in the form of an executable program aka EXE files you double-click to install.


frist off how did you install the pitt or broken steel ect with the exe ? if yes this dose not work its gets messed up


you will have to find the file and put there in your data folder like mods like this


Note this is not officially supported by Bethesda, it is provided here only as a work around for folks who do not want to use GFWL. And, make sure you move the files, not copy them.


Move the files into the Data folder instead of the Live location it gets placed in. You need to move the ESM (ESP?) and both the BSA files.


Make sure you have "Show Hidden Files" checked off, or you won't be able to see the folder.


For XP:


You can make this change in any Windows Explorer window by going to Tools Menu, Folder Options, View Tab and about 4 options down, under Hidden Files, choose Show Hidden Files. Note, this change will allow you to see System Files and other things that are best not messed with, so you may want to undo this change after moving the file.


For Vista: and For Windows 7


1) Open Windows Explorer (not the browser, the one showing your hard drive etc)

2) Top left corner, you'll see an "Organize" button. Clicky

3) Go to the Folders and Search Options choice, which will bring up a new window

4) Select the View tab

5) About eighth item on the list is Show Hidden Files and Folders. Select Show Hidden Files

6) Apply, OK

7) Do whatever needs to be done Repeat, but select Hide Hidden Folders thumbsup.gif



For XP:


C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Xlive\DLC


For Vista: and For Windows 7


C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\XLive\DLC


NOTE; If you get CTD's when firing up the Simulator, you need to rename the DLC folder, or remove it. This stops the attempt to contact GFWL about Achievments


Move them to


C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Fallout 3\Data


If you are using a shortcut to the Fallout executable to launch the game, you will have to use the Fallout Launcher to select the Mod before you load the game. Once it is selected you can then use the executable shortcut to play the game


hope this helps if you need more info get back to me by pm or post in here


Broken Steel help




Place the bik files into your Fallout3 \data\video folder.

Place the bsa and esm files into your Fallout 3 \data folder.

Activate the files in the Fallout 3 Launcher.

Play the game!


alot of people did not do this so broken steel dose not run :)


Broken Steel update again help


custom race characters do not work with broken steel turn them back into a normal char with console commands




you can change it back after you start broken steel


or just use this Custom Race Endings Broken Steel OverRide


Click here >>>>>> http://www.fallout3nexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=6240


also i hear that Umpa Animations stops Broken steel from working as well.......


if you know you have BS installed right , go through your mods by turning them off 1 by 1 and try to work out what mod is stopping BS from working good luck.... if you do find out what mod is doing it post back on here and let us know


alot of people did not do this so broken steel dose not run too :)




Ok back to.....

Installing Mods :whistling:


If the mod contains additional Game Content and a plugin that adds them to the game (meaning that they are more than just a plugin but are not considered replacers), then following these steps to install it:


1) Extract the files to a temporary folder using an archive utility such as Winzip or WinRAR ect


2) Examine the folder contents and make sure everything looks ok


Example: what it may look like






C:\Downloads\MyMod\somemod Readme.txt


3) Copy all the files in the folder inside and paste them in the Fallout 3 Data folder.






C:\Downloads\ temporaryfolder\ from to here >>>>>>>>> D:\Games\Fallout3\Data\




4) Start the Fallout Launcher, click Data Files and place a Tickmark beside the plugin you just installed so it will load the changes into the game the next time you start a game or a saved game


a little update now


this bit of the guide how to install mod with pictures it`s on page 2 or is it 3 i forget.... but now i have posted it here so you dont have to go looking for it ever time


ok first off make a new folder on your desktop


next open the mod with winrar or winzip ect and grab all the items in the that window and move them to the new folder on your desktop (its a bit like copy and paste )


ok next open your fallout 3 folder not your data folder


then move all the files from the new folder to you fallout data folder


then download ArchiveInvalidation Invalidated


Click here >>>>>> http://www.fallout3nexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=944


click the exe and run it once


then get Fallout Mod Manager


this helps with all mods new and old


from here


Click here >>>>>> http://www.fallout3nexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=640


and just tick all the mods you have....


then click on launch FOSE button in Fallout Mod Manager ( this will run fallout 3 without using the norm fallout 3 launch.exe )


ok if you read the guide again this will help also.....


here are some more pics to help






then use the fallout 3 launder.exe or Fallout Mod Manager launch and to play fallout 3 from now on.


if you need more help................ post again here................or pm me


some videos for Beginner how to install mods for fallout 3







Fallout Mod Manager aka FOMM


Click here >>>>>> http://www.fallout3nexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=640


this little program lets you click on and off mod easy and it will also lunch fallout 3 for you


also it need to be installed in the main fallout 3 folder not the data folder


more info on




A collection of utilities related to both creating and using mods. Current features include:

- One click mod installation and removal

- Setting active mods and changing load order.

- Extracting bsa's

- Repacking bsa's

- Low level esp editor and script compiler (TESsnip)

- sdp editor


Fallout Mod Manager will look like something like this also this picture is a good guide when you start out modding fallout 3




as you can see it has Archive Invalidation as well.

and alot of other tools, also you don`t need to use the fallout 3 launcher no more just click Launch FOSE to run fallout 3.


one other thing load orders need to be right fallout.esm needs to be first then the dlc ect use the pic as a guide.




give this program a try


FOMS - Fallout Mod Sorter




FOMS will arrange your Fallout 3 mod load order according to best practices, author and user recommendations, and brute force testing.


this also need to be installed in the main fallout 3 folder not the data folder :)


Click here >>>>> http://www.fallout3nexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=3596



Included with FOMS is an XML file of the best load order we know of for every mod we have data on. You can change this template, or make your own, but we recommend you at least start with ours for the smoothest possible experience.



I recommended that you install or update just one mod at a time to ensure that the change you made to your game works properly before making more changes. This makes it much easier to track down errors / problems with Textures or other issues.


Replacers files


Mods that replace original models and textures are considered "replacers" and need to be handled slightly different than other mods and typically does not even include (or need) a plugin.


The game engine must be told that the replacer files in this mod should overwrite the files in the BSA files that came with the game.


If you used the ArchiveInvalidation Invalidated utility, you do not need to worry about this. The main thing to worry about are conflicting mods that replace the same files. If this is the case, the last mod installed will overwrite the existing files and become the current replacer.


If a mod archive comes with an ArchiveInvalidation.txt file or lists the files in their readme, you can disregard this information (and even delete that text file).


also some may need ArchiveInvalidation used again


When in reality anytime you add a mod that contains content in any folder, e.g. textures/meshes/sounds or any other folder you need to deactivate and reactivate archive invalidation invalidation to reset the archive flags for the new content. Most users do it through FOMM and Fomods, but of course you know that already.


little update if you cant get fallout running because of Windows LIVE




Windows LIVE Disabler


Click here >>>>> http://www.fallout3nexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=1086


a bit of info Windows LIVE Disabler


This program allows you to do the following to Games for Windows LIVE in Fallout 3:


* Stop Games for Windows LIVE from running in Fallout 3 and prevent its dll files from loading which reduces the time it

takes for Fallout 3 to startup.

* Remove the "LIVE" button at the main menu.

* Allow you to bind the "Home" key to whatever action you want.

* Allow you to move all of your DLC's out of their "hidden" G4WL folder and into your Fallout 3 folder.


also you will have to move you save games you will find them here C:\users\<your login here>\Documents\My Games\Fallout 3\


this may not be the same for XP just use this a a guide to find your saves.


New Updates bugs


alot of people dont have Microsoft Visual C++ install with all the updates


if you need Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 and 2008 they are all on this page, most of the links at the bottem of the page for Windows 64 bit and 32 bit


Click here >>>>>> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en 32bit Version


Click here >>>>>> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en 64bit Version


also For Vista: get all the Windows Vista Service Pack this will fixes lots of errors and bugs


Windows Vista Service Pack 1


Click here >>>>>> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en


Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2


Click here >>>>>> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en


remember Most bugs are down to the mods you have install


more to come soon...... :thumbsup:



End of line...................



i would like to Thank the author LHammonds for the base guide


i will keep adding to this with updates pics ect when i have time :)


if you think something else needs to be added pm me :tongue: :tongue:


kudos cough cough lol and some for LHammonds to...


if you need more help pm me or post in here...


good luck and happy gaming :thumbsup:



Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 120
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

The DLC Anchorage and The Pitt are master files stored in XLive account folders. The two folders do not install in the Program files folder, like, mods or plugins we install. So I am wondering if the fake patch somehow makes the standard game play think they are in the Program files folder Bethesda/Fallout3/Data without actually moving them from their Xlive content folders?
Link to comment
Share on other sites

no i dont think so, i just moved them to the data folder just to be safe, God knows why they are installed in the live folder........
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Dear all


I need help, and advise cause i downloaded the broken steel placed the files in the correct folders, installed v1.5 patch and after that it does not work i mean after the end the"two weeks later" sign appears and wake up on the bed and thats it nothing happens.

By the way fallout3 downloaded from torrent and the broken steel to.


Heeeeeelp i dont know wtf.... driving me crazy :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

need a bit or info on what happing in your game, also i would not talk about torrents on here you will get banned


try this To access the console, use the tilde key (~) while in-game (Unpaused). The HUD will disappear and you will get a prompt (|) in the lower left corner of the screen where you can type-in code(s).


then type cam


also try hitting enter


also are you on top of the bed or under it?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

need a bit or info on what happing in your game, also i would not talk about torrents on here you will get banned


try this To access the console, use the tilde key (~) while in-game (Unpaused). The HUD will disappear and you will get a prompt (|) in the lower left corner of the screen where you can type-in code(s).


then type cam


also try hitting enter


also are you on top of the bed or under it?


Hi overloard


Thx for the reply , and thx for the advise i will never ever mention where did getit from,thats the point it seems that iam under the bed and just wondering around and only the Use function is working u know i can take breath:)


the console works, today i will try the cam, by the way what does it do. :thanks:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

need a bit or info on what happing in your game, also i would not talk about torrents on here you will get banned


try this To access the console, use the tilde key (~) while in-game (Unpaused). The HUD will disappear and you will get a prompt (|) in the lower left corner of the screen where you can type-in code(s).


then type cam


also try hitting enter


also are you on top of the bed or under it?


One more thing if it doesnt workes what else should i try?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.

  • Create New...