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For the experienced player, Skyrim often gets repetitious, and you want to spice it up with the mods. LOOT and mods go hand-in-hand, so LOOT not detecting Skyrim and Skyrim SE can be quite annoying. It’s pretty common and happens with almost every gamer, at least once.

LOOT not detecting Skyrim means that, when you launch the game:

  • It will crash
  • Keeps searching for the game to no end

Just to be clear, we are discussing the loot as in the ‘spoils of war’ in a game. We are discussing the LOOT (Load Order Optimisation Tool) for game mods.

Important: please try all fixes in order (unless you’ve tried one already).

In this article, we will discuss what is LOOT and how to fix the LOOT not detecting Skyrim and Skyrim SE error.

What is LOOT?

LOOT (Load Order Optimization Tool) is a plugin load detector for various games including Skyrim and Skyrim SE.

The plugin is designed to optimize the load order of different game mods. Since different mods are developed by independent developers, they often conflict and crash while loading.

What LOOT does is it automatically calculates a load order that satisfies all plugin dependencies. It also maximizes the user’s experience of each plugin and provides load error checking, bug warnings, and plugin-specific usage notes.

Reasons for Loot Not Detecting Skyrim and Skyrim SE

In tech-related issues, you can never pinpoint the exact reason behind an issue. On that note, some common reasons why LOOT is not detecting Skyrim and Skyrim SE:

  • Skyrim was not launched with Steam first.
  • You aren’t running LOOT from MO2.
  • LOOT is unable to find the game files in the destination.

Now that you know some general reasons behind the issue, let’s begin with the fixes without further ado.

Before Moving Forward

Here are a few quick fixes to try before moving on with the other solutions.

  1. Close Steam Client.
  2. Restart your system and relaunch Steam.
  3. Right-click on the game and select Properties. Now, select Local and then click on the verify button.
  4. Run LOOT from MO2 (Mod Organizer 2).

Fix 1: Restart Your System

Restarting your system helps with various computer issues. If an application or operation is preventing LOOT from detecting Skyrim, then rebooting your computer will resolve this issue.

When you restart the computer, the RAM (Random Access Memory) is wiped clean. It means that all temporary data that’s hogging the computer is now gone. Make sure to save important files before restarting.


Fix 2: Run Skyrim through Steam

Running Skyrim or Skyrim through Steam works for most people when LOOT is not detecting Skyrim. Doing this registers the game with Steam and authenticates it.

The authentication ensures that no third-party applications (like cracks) are associated with the game. It also registers files that LOOT needs to detect.

This step not only authenticates your files but gets you ready for the next step. You don’t exactly want to run a potentially harmful application as an administrator!


Fix 3: Run LOOT and Steam as an Administrator

For most people, running Skyrim with Steam resolves the issue. If it doesn’t, then the game ay not have permission to access LOOT.

This issue usually happens when both Steam and Skyrim are in the same Program(x86) folder. Here, LOOT is unable to access the two files due to some particular restrictions.

To resolve this access restriction issue, run both Steam and Skyrim as an administrator. To do that, right-click on the shortcut icon, and select Run as Administrator.

If the issue does not resolve after running both applications with admin privileges, move Steam out of Program(x86) folder.


Fix 4: Change the Destination of Skyrim Folder

The last solution to the issue is to try changing the location of the Skyrim folder to another destination.

To change the destination of the Skyrim folder:

  1. Go to C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Loot. Simply paste the location in the File Explorer’s search bar.
  2. In the LOOT folder, open the settings.yaml file with a text editor (like Notepad or Notepad++).
  3. Now, find type:skyrim and replace the destination where Skyrim is installed in the path: section.

We hope the articles helped resolved the LOOT not detecting the Skyrim issue on your computer. If the issue persists after the last fix, restart your computer, and it should work!

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