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Creation Kit crashes at start

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Tried to fire up the CK tonight for the first time, and all it did was crash as soon as it loaded, for no apparent reason. Skyrim's up to date, and I'm running it on an i7 laptop with a 460GTX and 8 gigs or RAM, with Win7 x64. Tried running it as admin, tried different compatibility settings, but it just won't cooperate. I searched around, only to find some ridiculous, repulsively idiotic advice, such as to delete the d3d9.dll from the Skyrim folder. And I even tried that too! Somebody help, it's driving me nuts!

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I've had the CK do this to me on occasion, have your tried rebooting your computer? This fixed the issue for me.

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Try this:

  • In steam, right click on Creation Kit and open up the properties
  • click the Local Files tab
  • Click Verify Integrity of Tool Cache

If a Steam program crashes at start, always try that, first, as it makes sure that everything downloaded correctly.

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No luck. The only thing remaining is to delete any enb files in the folder and maybe even restore the .ini settings, but I somehow doubt it would help.

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Do you have Dawnguard? Try adding Dawnguard.bsa to SResourceArchiveList2 in your ini. That did the trick for me.

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Which one? The Skyrim_default, SkyrimEditor, or SkyrimEditorPrefs?

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SkyrimEditor.ini. You never edit the default. Look for the [Archive] section.

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I added Skyrim - Dawnguard.bsa there, but again it crashed. Maybe I'm not doing it correctly, but I've come to doubt the possibility of running the CK.

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So it crashes when you just try to run it? Not even loading anything? Then adding Dawnguard.bsa won't help.

If you have Skyrim installed to Program Files, I'd move it. You'll have to move your whole Steam installation. Having Skyrim in Program Files will also play havoc with mods. The UAC protects that folder and Skyrim will be trying to write to it.

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I added Skyrim - Dawnguard.bsa there, but again it crashed. Maybe I'm not doing it correctly, but I've come to doubt the possibility of running the CK.

It's just "Dawnguard.bsa" for the filename btw. Also if you have Hearthfire, you'll want to add "Hearthfires.bsa" to the list as well.

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No good, it still refuses, even after moving the whole folder to C instead of Program files. Frustrating stuff...

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Yeah, you can't just move the folder in Explorer. You need to follow those instructions that DS linked. The registry has to be updated.

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