How to Downgrade Skyrim SE to Play with SKSE64 and Mods
If you are a fan of Skyrim mods, you may have encountered a problem with the latest update of Skyrim Special Edition (SSE), also known as Skyrim Anniversary Edition (AE). The update, which was released on November 11th, 2021, broke the compatibility of many mods that require Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE64), a tool that expands scripting capabilities and adds additional functionality to the game.
Fortunately, there is a way to downgrade your Skyrim SE to a previous version that works with SKSE64 and mods. In this article, we will show you how to do it step by step.
SKSE64 is a modder's resource that allows you to use advanced features such as custom menus, animations, functions, events, and more in your Skyrim mods. Many popular mods such as SkyUI, Legacy of the Dragonborn, Ordinator, and more depend on SKSE64 to function properly.
If you want to use these mods, you need to have SKSE64 installed and run Skyrim SE from skse64_loader.exe instead of the default launcher. However, every time Bethesda updates Skyrim SE, SKSE64 needs to be updated as well to match the new game version. This can take some time, depending on the complexity of the changes.
That's why many mod users prefer to stay on an older version of Skyrim SE that is compatible with SKSE64 and their favorite mods. However, Steam automatically updates your games by default, so you may end up with a newer version of Skyrim SE that breaks your mod setup.
How to downgrade Skyrim SE to a previous version?
The good news is that you can downgrade your Skyrim SE to a previous version using a tool called Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Downgrade Patcher. This tool allows you to download and apply any official patch for Skyrim SE from 1.5.3 to 1.5.97 (the last version before AE).
Here are the steps you need to follow:
Download Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Downgrade Patcher from Nexus Mods. You will need an account to download it.
Extract the contents of the zip file to a folder of your choice.
Run SSEDowngrader.exe as administrator.
Select the version of Skyrim SE you want to downgrade to. For example, if you want to use SKSE64 2.0.19, which is compatible with Skyrim SE 1.5.97, select 1.5.97 from the dropdown menu.
Click on Download Patch and wait for the patch files to be downloaded.
Click on Apply Patch and wait for the patch files to be applied.
Click on Exit when done.
Congratulations! You have successfully downgraded your Skyrim SE to a previous version that works with SKSE64 and mods. You can now run skse64_loader.exe and enjoy your modded game.
How to prevent Steam from updating Skyrim SE?
To prevent Steam from updating your game again, you need to change some settings in Steam. Here are the steps you need to follow:
Open Steam and go to your Library.
Right-click on Skyrim Special Edition and select Properties.
Go to the Updates tab and change Automatic updates to Only update this game when I launch it.
Go to the Betas tab and select NONE - Opt out of all beta programs from the dropdown menu.
Click on Close.
This will prevent Steam from updating your game unless you manually launch it from Steam. However, since you will be launching it from skse64_loader.exe instead, this should not happen.
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