How to Fix Skyrim Infinite Loading Screen

Skyrim is one of the best videogames that you can play in recent times and even has been remastered for new consoles and PC hardware. All seems reasonable, but actually, this game isn’t excellent for some errors like the infamous infinite loading screen.

On Skyrim forums, multiple users reported that when they want to start the game, the loading screen keeps loading like forever, and the game never begins.

If you are one of those users, don’t worry, some several tips and methods could help you to fix this issue quickly on Windows. You only need to follow these steps one by one.

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Method #1: Skyrim Script Extender

If you play this game for a while, you know that this is a buggy port, and you may end up installing Skyrim Script Extender to add some mods or only to fix the annoying bugs.

This utility lets you fix several bugs just by editing some files, so you can try to use this to fix the infinite loading screen issue on Skyrim.

To do that, follow these simple steps:

    1. Open the Steam Client and go to your Games Library
    2. There, find and right-click on Skyrim
    3. In the menu that opens click on Properties
      steam game properties
    4. Now, navigate to the tab LOCAL FILES and there click on the button BROWSE LOCAL FILES
      browse local files
    5. The file explorer will open with the path of your Skyrim installation folder
    6. There open the folder Data and then the folder SKSE
    7. On this last folder, there should be a file named skse.ini, right-click on it and select the option Edit
    8. If the files doesn’t, you need to created and open it with the Notepad
    9. On this file, you need to copy the following lines:
    10. Once done, save the file and try to open Skyrim again; hopefully the loading screen will disappear, and you will be able to play the game without problems

Method #2: Change Memory Allocation

There is another thing that could be causing this infinite loading screen issue on Skyrim. A lousy memory allocation from the Skyrim Script Extender software could leave your game to get stuck in the loading screen.

As in the method above, you can try to change this memory allocation to fix the issue. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Steam Client and find Skyrim, then right-click on it and select Properties
  2. Navigate to the LOCAL FILES tab and there click on the button BROWSE LOCAL FILES
    browse local files
  3. You will be in the Skyrim installation folder, and there navigate through the following folders: Data > SKSE > Plugins
  4. There you will find a file named SafetyLoad.ini, right-click on it and select Edit
  5. Finally, on this file, you need to change the value of EnableOnlyLoading to true and save the file
  6. Now you can try to start Skyrim and surely the loading screen problem will be fixed

Method #3: Edit Skyrim Prefs

Before starting to use another methods that don’t involve editing files, you can try to change some Skyrim preferences that could fix this issue.

On the Skyrim preferences, there is value fPostLoadUpdateTimeMS that set the time of your loading screen. You can change this value to fix the infinite loading screen quickly following these steps:

  1. Open the File Explorer using the keyboard shortcut Win + E
  2. Once there, open the folder My Documents and then My Games
  3. There it should be a Skyrim folder, open it
  4. On this folder, you will find a file Skyrim.ini, right-click on it and in the menu select Edit
  5. Once in the Notepad, you need to find the value fPostLoadUpdateTimeMS and change it to 2000
  6. When you do this, you actually will increase the loading time on Skyrim, but it also ensures that everything is loaded correctly and hopefully the game will start without problems
  7. Save the file using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + S
  8. Finally, try to play Skyrim Again

Method #4: Uninstall Mods

You may like to play with Mods because these little add-ons bring new features and even gameplay mechanics to this awesome game.

Although almost all the mods are inoffensive, some were installed together creates several conflicts in the game, and therefore, you will end up with an infinite loading screen.

So, my advice to disable all these mods that you may installed on your game and run a vanilla version of the game to troubleshoot any issue.

Method #5: Disable Expansions

Some users have reported that some of the expansions could be corrupted, and when they disable them, the infinite loading screen gets fixed.

You can also try to do this to verify that your game expansions data arent corrupted on Windows 10.

To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Skyrim Launcher
  2. Once there, click on DATA FILES
    skyrim data files
  3. Finally, on this window, uncheck all the boxes and click on the button OK
    disable expansions skyrim
  4. Now you can click on the button PLAY to start the game and verify that the error has been fixed

Method #6: Reinstalling Skyrim

This is the atomic solution, but surely, when you reinstall the game, all the errors will be fixed because you will start a vanilla installation.

If you haven’t been able to fix this issue with the methods above, you can try to uninstall Skyrim following these steps:

Skyrim Steam Version

  1. To uninstall the Steam version of Skyrim, open the client and go to your games library
  2. There right-click on Skyrim: Legendary Edition and in the menu select Uninstall
    uninstall game steam
  3. Finally, only wait for Steam to remove all the data

Skyrim Desktop Version

  1. To uninstall the Desktop version of Skyrim, you need to open the Control Panel running the command control in the Run window Win + R
  2. Once there, open the section Programs and features and there select the program Skyrim
    uninstall skyrim control panel
  3. Finally, click on the button Uninstall and follow the wizard
  4. You also have to visit the following folders and remove all the data in it: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam apps\common\Skyrim and \Documents\My Games\Skyrim

Now you can install the game as usual, and inevitably, the infinite loading screen issue will be fixed, and you will be able to play this game without problems.

If you any questions about this tutorial or know about another way to fix this issue, let me know in the comments section below, I know it would be helpful to the community.

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