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CTD after accidentally opening the vanilla Skyrim launcher

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I had just finished a STEP Extended install plus an ENB over it yesterday. The game ran perfectly. I sat down on my computer today and forget what I was doing for a second and double clicked the vanilla launcher. Don't know why I didn't think to remove it from my desktop earlier. Anyway, I launched Skyrim on MO and it CTDs immediately.

 

I figured launching vanilla Skyrim must of reset some inis files. I delete my game saves (haven't started a play through anyway) and check out enblocal.ini cause I remember off the bat that there were some important ini edits STEP had me make there. Can confirm all the settings have been messed with. I change them back as per STEP instructions, except for the ones that make the preset work. Along the way some of the other settings seem funky, but I can't be sure cause I don't remember them from before and I don't know what they do.

 

I check out the ini files editable through MOs ini editor next by pulling up the footprints mod page, which has some suggested ini edits I specifically remember following, and they where just as I had left them, which I didn't expect, and makes me assume those inis where untouched. I run Skyrim through MO again and start a new game. The game starts, but makes it as far as when the dialogue starts and then CTDs.

 

I suspect there's other settings in enblocal that are still wrong now, and also that even though my ini settings are seem correct to me in MOs editor, they are wrong somewhere else (something to do with local and global settings?). 

 

The only two options I can think of is to run beth.ini and then methodically comb the STEP guide for any ini tweaks I have to reapply. (google searches bring up conversations about having to reinstall skse though, and I don't know where I fit into that) the other option is to look up advanced in depth guides of what each and every ini setting does and try setting it correctly myself. My final option and hope is that someone helps my idiot ass fix something that isn't actually that hard to fix.

 

Help :(

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Using BethINI to establish known working and optimized ini files is a really good place to start. Once that's done, copy the original enblocal.ini from the enbseries_skyrim_*.zip you downloaded and installed and customize it according to the STEP 2.10.0 guide. If you are using an ENB preset, you can go through its documentation to determine what other settings in enblocal.ini may need to be tweaked, although I might be tempted to back out the ENB preset temporarily to get the baseline working first and then add in the ENB preset later. I say this because it rules out one more possible thing that can go wrong.

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Sorry, should of come back to tie up loose ends earlier. Success! I had reapplied Bethini but the CTD's where still happening the same. Things didn't straighten up until I ripped out anything ENB related and reinstalled ENBoost as you suggested. That ENB preset must have been the issue all along. I've been poring over the step mod list ever since trying to straighten out the compatibilities and necessary patches.

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