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November 21, 2011 5:14:02 PM

Ok so when i try to start skyrim, steam starts it up and whatnot then the launcher pops up, i click play, say yes to give windows permission to run it.... and then steam restarts the launcher and im back to options (click play, options, data files ,etc.). I've tried lowering sound settings, shadows, restarted my computer, nothing is working. I've logged over 50 hours in this game with no problems and now all of a sudden this is happening. The only thing that i have changed is i ran CHKDSK to fix an error i was getting with windows explorer, could that be my problem?
Thanks in advance.
November 21, 2011 5:53:21 PM

stuuffy, I have similar trouble.
When I click 'Play' on the skyrim launcher, a window pops up for a brief moment then dissapears, leaving me with the skyrim launcher. This is essentially making the game impossible to play because no matter how many times i press play, it will not begin.
November 21, 2011 5:53:23 PM

stuuffy said:
Ok so when i try to start skyrim, steam starts it up and whatnot then the launcher pops up, i click play, say yes to give windows permission to run it.... and then steam restarts the launcher and im back to options (click play, options, data files ,etc.). I've tried lowering sound settings, shadows, restarted my computer, nothing is working. I've logged over 50 hours in this game with no problems and now all of a sudden this is happening. The only thing that i have changed is i ran CHKDSK to fix an error i was getting with windows explorer, could that be my problem?
Thanks in advance.


Hey I just started having the same problem today too. I tried everything but nothing worked. I eventually found that I have a Skyrim folder and a Skyrim (2) folder. Thinking this was odd, I deleted the Skyrim (2) folder. Everything works fine now from what I can tell. This was a complete guess solution and entirely luck that it worked. I have no idea why or how it did. I retained all my saves. The only thing that changed is that it reset my video settings and mouse sensitivity. I found the folder by doing an advanced search on my comp.
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November 21, 2011 9:51:52 PM

Hi guys,
Having the same problem here.
The only thing I did was open my computer and clean it. :??:  :( 
Did not find a skyrim(2) file...
November 21, 2011 10:42:49 PM

maybe its a problem with steam because im having the same problem with dirt 3
November 21, 2011 11:00:23 PM

I'm having the exact same problem ! I press play but it just relaunches the Skyrim launcher, press play = relaunch. What the hell ! Why do I have to wait for someone else (Steam) to play my own damn game that I payed for !?
November 21, 2011 11:12:50 PM

Ok guys, I found a fix.
Though this might put your gfx settings back to default.

If you have this problem, to fix this you have 2 options.

1. Run Directly from Game File

Navigate to your Steam installation (By default C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam)
Then goto the SteamApps\common\skyrim directory
From here just run TESV.exe directly.
If it's missing, goto option 2.

2. The game file TESV.exe or any other file is missing.

In Steam, right click Skyrim
Select Properties
Goto Local Files tab
Click "Verify Integrity of Game Cache"
It should download all broken/missing files.
This didn't seem to fix it for me first time. So if it still doesn't work, try doing this same fix it just one more time.

Courtesy of;
http://qbeukes.blogspot.com/2011/11/skyrim-launcher-doe...

November 22, 2011 1:24:03 AM

@Sportplus
that fixed the proplem i had with dirt thanks
November 22, 2011 2:52:21 AM

The above worked like a champ. My problem was I got sidetracked -- the part about opening Steam I stupidly took to mean the directory on my computer and I poked around. I finally figured out it was to open Steam itself, get to the Library there and do the right clicking mojo and the selection of Validate Steam Files. It does a very small download of some kind.

I then selected Play and, boom, there it was, working.

Back to Skyrim!
November 22, 2011 3:31:00 AM

I found this out, not sure why, it stops working but Navigate your .exe for Skyrim generally located in

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim for 64bit systems
and/or
C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim for 32bit systems

Look for TESV.exe
Right click on it click Properties and go to the Compatibility tab at the bottom it will say Privilege Level and under that a check box, make sure this is unchecked.
It worked fine for me
very interesting problem hope this helped guys and Happy Gaming
November 22, 2011 4:35:44 AM

Awesome gents! Same problem, same solution. Anyone have a clue why the TESV.exe file would just dissappear - interesting that it happened today
November 22, 2011 4:58:58 AM

im sure steam did it with their update they did today. are you guys playing retail or steam copy?
November 22, 2011 5:09:11 AM

I'm playing retail, but had to go through the steam "integration" process .
November 22, 2011 6:08:21 AM

Sportplus said:
I'm playing retail, but had to go through the steam "integration" process .

ya me too. i wonder why i had problems with dirt but none with skyrim
November 22, 2011 10:09:54 PM

I've come to these boards for years for advice, finally joined because I figured I should say thanks for all the help. This fixed the issue the first try.
November 23, 2011 12:18:07 AM

Installed Skyrim a week ago and have played find until tonight. This is what I get:



It just hangs there indefinitely. I've looked at the TESV.exe and the admin permission is unchecked. I don't have a second Skyrim folder like the poster above. I ran thejavascript; data integrity verification and it was fine. I went with steam to avoid invasive security rootkit crap, and now I still have a pain just to launch the game! If anyone has other things for me to try let me know. And if Steam has an issue they need to come out with it now. Because allowing malware security back on my pc isn't gonna happem . I just blow off gaming altogether.
November 23, 2011 9:23:15 AM

Now this morning it works. Welcome to the wonderful world of DRM I guess.
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November 26, 2011 3:14:03 PM

I have the same problem and found that my antivirus NOD32 is blocking the TESV.exe because it finds a crypt.win32 trojan file in it ... Does that ring a bell to anyone ?
December 8, 2011 1:05:04 AM

i probably should have replied to this thread before but if you guys are still having problems, all i did to fix it was reinstall. Hasn't messed up at all since then.

Also if any of you guys are experiencing the crash to desktop with no errors, the skyrim 4gb mod worked for me, no more crashing now
December 8, 2011 12:12:03 PM

tjosborne said:
@Sportplus
that fixed the proplem i had with dirt thanks

LMAO
December 21, 2011 11:30:20 PM

You are a Ledgend mate! No. 2 worked for me!
January 2, 2012 9:44:57 PM

Same problem here and I have tried ALL the fixes on this thread including reinstall. Was working fine, now just hangs. Anyone else find any other fixes??!?!?!?!
January 4, 2012 10:39:01 AM

stuuffy said:
Ok so when i try to start skyrim, steam starts it up and whatnot then the launcher pops up, i click play, say yes to give windows permission to run it.... and then steam restarts the launcher and im back to options (click play, options, data files ,etc.). I've tried lowering sound settings, shadows, restarted my computer, nothing is working. I've logged over 50 hours in this game with no problems and now all of a sudden this is happening. The only thing that i have changed is i ran CHKDSK to fix an error i was getting with windows explorer, could that be my problem?
Thanks in advance.


This solution works for almost every game that has errors after a Steam update.
http://aksn1p3r.blogspot.com/2011/11/skyrim-launch-fail...
January 5, 2012 9:17:16 AM

Click "Verify Integrity of Game Cache" is probably the most important thing you can do when a steam game starts to crash.. also make sure you set the properties of the game file to run with admin rites. dont set steam to run as admin though as that is a security issue.


but kudos to sport plus for getting it rite off the blocks.
January 7, 2012 12:25:01 PM

HEXiT said:
Click "Verify Integrity of Game Cache" is probably the most important thing you can do when a steam game starts to crash.. also make sure you set the properties of the game file to run with admin rites. dont set steam to run as admin though as that is a security issue.


but kudos to sport plus for getting it rite off the blocks.


Did both of those already...

Don't know if this will help anybody, but the thing that finally worked was updating the graphics card software. Not sure why that made a difference since it was no different than when it was working, but for some reason after it updated the game works again.
January 8, 2012 12:33:27 AM

have you installed the latest patch? if so try removing it. if not try installing it.
also make sure your not infected.
January 30, 2012 5:27:17 AM

Shenzio said:
I found this out, not sure why, it stops working but Navigate your .exe for Skyrim generally located in

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim for 64bit systems
and/or
C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim for 32bit systems

Look for TESV.exe
Right click on it click Properties and go to the Compatibility tab at the bottom it will say Privilege Level and under that a check box, make sure this is unchecked.
It worked fine for me
very interesting problem hope this helped guys and Happy Gaming


This was the fix for me. At one point I was trying to see if I could get the game to launch without an internet connection and forgot that I clicked on Run as Administrator. This apparently messes up the game launching, so don't do it. Thanks so much!
November 24, 2012 4:22:47 PM

I have the same problem, and I've tried all of this, and nothing works. However I REALLY don't want to lose everything, as I've been playing this for about a year, with no problems, and have over 110 hours put in. I'm sad. Is there ANY other way?
June 30, 2013 10:06:24 AM

i open skyrim using steam i press play but then it doesn`t play.
On my other laptop it plays but at the start (the horse ride part)
it goes like a cracked screen
yes this is a legit game (i bought it at gamestop)

!