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SkyUI error code 1: Quick Fix

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Skyrim is one of the best RPGs to ever be released with a player base that’s still growing despite the game being nearly 11 years old. That said, popularity doesn’t exactly guarantee flawless performance and just like most games out there, Skyrim also has its own flaws and glitches that keep popping up from time to time. 

In this article, we’re talking about the SkyUI error code 1 that often shows up in Skyrim extended edition, its causes and what you can do to fix the issue. 

What causes SkyUI error code 1?

The error code can be caused by a number of problems but the most common ones are as follows.

  • Launching the game with inadequate permissions. 
  • Incorrect or corrupt game installation. 
  • Misconfigured or corrupt SKSE64
  • The game is installed in the wrong location. 

Also read: How to fix Steam error: This item is currently unavailable in your region?

How to fix this?

Here are four fixes you can try out. 

Run the game as an administrator

Starting a program or game as an administrator tells your PC to prioritise that particular process over everything else and dedicate as many resources as possible to ensure smooth operation. 

You can check out our detailed guide on how to run programs as administrator here. 

Installing SKSE properly

SKSE or Skyrim Script Editor is a program that is used to install mods for Skyrim. If the program is incorrectly installed in the wrong place or has any of its modules missing, you’ll not be able to run and will see the SkyUI error code 1. The simplest fix for this is to uninstall SKSE and install it again in the right location with all the files. 

Skyrim has massive mod support. | Source: Steam

There are two ways you can install SKSE

  • Manual installation 
  • Using a Mod manager

Manual installation 

For manual installation, first, download SKSE from the official website here and extract the archive in a place you can find easily. Once done, follow these steps to manually integrate SKSE with the game. 

Step 1: Inside the archive folder, you’ll find three files namely skse64_1_5_3.dll, skse64_loader.exe and skse64_steam_loader.dll. Copy these three files and move them over to the SSE folder in your Steam library usually located at the path given below. 

X:/Steam/SteamApps/Common/Skyrim Special Edition

in the aforementioned path denotes the drive your Steam library uses. 

Step 2: Next up, head over to the Scripts folder inside the archive, copy all the .PEX files and move them to the following path. 

X:/SteamApps/Common/Skyrim Special Edition/Data/scripts

Once again, X in the aforementioned path denotes the drive your Steam library uses. Once you’ve copied all the files, use the skse64_loader.exe executable to launch the game. 

Using Mod manager

If you’re using a Mod manager, installation becomes slightly simpler. Follow these steps.

Step 1: Open the archive’s folder and navigate to the Scripts directory inside Data. Using WinRAR, 7zip or any other archival software turn this folder into an archive. 

Step 2: Install this archive using the Mod manager of your choice. The method works with Vortex, MO2 or WB. When you want to run the game use the skse64_loader.exe executable.

Move Skyrim game files

Another possible workaround for the error is to simply move the Skyrim game files to another path on your drive. Do keep in mind that this will cause Steam to lose track of where the game files are so you’ll have to manually update the game’s local files in Steam itself.

The remaster gets far better graphics. | Source: Steam

Disable mods

A rather easy way of resolving the error is to just disable mods manually in the game’s scripts file. All you have to do is head over to the game’s root folder and edit the plugins.txt file to include an * in front of the mod files. Then save it and rerun the game. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: