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TeeJayHoward

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I’thou seeing reports on the net that the main Skyrim executable volition part without going through Steam. Is information technology possible to run it without having Steam installed at all? I know there are… *ahem*
various methods
*cough* online to do it, but is at that place a way for someone who’south interested in picking up a legitimate re-create at a local store?

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I’m seeing reports on the internet that the main Skyrim executable will function without going through Steam. Is it possible to run information technology without having Steam installed at all? I know there are… *ahem*
various methods
*cough* online to do it, but is there a way for someone who’southward interested in picking upwardly a legitimate copy at a local store?

Yup. All I’m doing is I made a shortcut of the TESV.exe and Steam isn’t necessary at all.

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In full general, you need Steam when you run the game for the offset time. From that point on, it tin can be played in offline way, or without Steam menstruation, I presume.

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Yup. All I’m doing is I made a shortcut of the TESV.exe and Steam isn’t necessary at all.

Would yous listen explaining to me how you did this? Is at that place a style to install Skyrim without installing Steam?

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Would you mind explaining to me how you did this? Is in that location a fashion to install Skyrim without installing Steam?

Not legally no, well I guess if you bought the retail. But it registers on Steam.

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You would however need to activate information technology to your Steam account. Effort installing the game with Steam, then copying the Skyrim folder out of Steam into information technology’south own directory. Uninstall Steam, then endeavour and meet if the game volition launch by just running the exe. You could besides try what the one person recommended and just brand a shortcut directly to the Skyrim exe and run that, leaving it in the Steam directory. That manner y’all have the benefit of running launching steam to catch updates, but you tin can run the game without having Steam offset up in the hateful times.

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Would you lot heed explaining to me how y’all did this? Is in that location a way to install Skyrim without installing Steam?

LOL, deplorable, that’s non what I meant.

Yous have to have Steam to install it.

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Yup. All I’thou doing is I made a shortcut of the TESV.exe and Steam isn’t necessary at all.

Is Steam even so running in tha groundwork? I idea Steamworks games always cosign to Steam earlier running (unless you are in offline mode), even if you don’t launch them through Steam.

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You will need Steam to install and do the initial verification, after that y’all tin can run it without Steam.

You lot will need to add a shortcut to the TESV.exe, not the launcher to run the game though. I can open the game with Steam airtight and no processes running for information technology in the back ground.

I usually exercise not bother turning Steam off however.

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What do yous really need the launcher for? If you lot desire to turn mods on/off etc.?

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What do you really need the launcher for? If you desire to turn mods on/off etc.?

Pretty much. Run it in one case to get your settings and what-non and then only bypass it.

Once the Skyrim modernistic director is live it will not exist necessary at all.

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Is Steam still running in tha background? I thought Steamworks games always cosign to Steam before running (unless you lot are in offline mode), even if yous don’t launch them through Steam.

steam installed is not the same every bit steamworks supported, this involves specific features like cloud storage, community, mp, etc. that are actually using the
steam
network. many devs use steam only every bit distro/update/activation that doesn’t actually demand the client to run, it’s really upwards to them when/if they want to implement the client checks. you’d be surprised at how many of your steam games you could just drag and driblet out of the default install (or upload to the internets) and nonetheless work as normal.

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steam installed is not the same as steamworks supported, this involves specific features like cloud storage, community, mp, etc. that are actually using the
steam
network. many devs utilize steam only as distro/update/activation that doesn’t actually need the client to run, it’s actually up to them when/if they want to implement the client checks. y’all’d be surprised at how many of your steam games you could only drag and drib out of the default install (or upload to the internets) and still work as normal.

Simply Skyrim is a Steamworks game, which is why I assumed Steam had to be running.

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Only Skyrim is a Steamworks game, which is why I assumed Steam had to exist running.

It doesn’t. I even confirmed information technology last dark before I started playing. Logged out of Steam, airtight information technology, double checked active processes no Steam. Started Skyrim via the TESv.exe let the game load, ALT-TAB’d out and checked the chore director, still no Steam.

The only reason to run the game though Steam would be to use the overlay, or to get achievements. I remember both are worthless in a single actor RPG.

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The simply reason to run the game though Steam would be to use the overlay, or to get achievements. I think both are worthless in a unmarried player RPG.

It’s actually kind of satisfying and cool to be playing and going along and of a sudden you see that piffling dialog box popular in the lower right corner. I’ve gotten a few of them already.
:)

Simply like you and others have said: Not mandatory to use Steam to play later on the install is consummate.

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Peachy. But tested by running it with my RadeonPro launcher and no Steam needed. Steam has a few games that volition run without Steam loaded. Saves a bit on resources and less time to go it running anyhow.

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Only Skyrim is a Steamworks game, which is why I assumed Steam had to be running.

yea I would assume you need information technology for steam achieves to be triggered, only I guess they didn’t worry about keeping it connected otherwise. could besides be that the game merely updates your stats whenever it connects, and so not a large bargain if you don’t care about achievements.

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Steam is the devil according to some people. Evil malware/spyware program. Beware of the Steam!

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Steam is the devil according to some people. Evil malware/spyware program. Beware of the Steam!

Well since this is a SP game, and i’ve never had much luck with steam in offline mode I am extremely happy that you tin can launch this without steam.

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Yup. All I’m doing is I fabricated a shortcut of the TESV.exe and Steam isn’t necessary at all.

Really? I did the aforementioned thing and every time I launch it Steam launches as well.

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Really? I did the same affair and every time I launch it Steam launches too.

Are your certain you linked the TESV.exe and not the launcher?

Also is your Steam Cloud setting turned on? Information technology’d estimate that if your saved games are in cloud storage it would have to launch Steam to admission them.

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I joined this forum merely to comment this thread.

Out of the box or initially TESV.exe would launch Skyrim whether Steam was active or not. I’ve been playing for a calendar week without Steam since I first noticed that it worked (and it actually, *actually* saves program load time).

This morning I logged into Steam and even though I’d set Skyrim non to auto-update, information technology updated TESV.exe and now it launches Steam when double-clicked (and also launches SkyrimLauncher.exe).

For your info, I’ll let yous know that I was able to right-click TESV.exe and become to Backdrop > Previous Versions to recover a re-create of the previous version. The file size of the original was 18.ii MB and the changed one is 18.half-dozen MB. I renamed the new one in the game folder and put the recovered sometime one back in. Voila – I can run the game directly without Steam again.

Withal, there are further patches coming for this game, and I expect they volition re-patch TESV.exe so that the old file volition no longer be uniform with the game at all. So I don’t know how long nosotros’ll exist able to keep enjoying Steam-gratis Skyrim. For myself, I like it mostly because the load time for the game is so, so, and so short. Alt-tabbing doesn’t work in fullscreen mode, and then information technology’south nice to exist able to quit and return to the game quickly and cleanly … though there is a borderless window mod on skyrimnexus which would let me run information technology in faux-fullscreen to allow alt-tabbing.

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yea recent patch merely fully integrated steam drm into the executable, you lot tin can get around this by reverting to the old version for at present and copying it over to somewhere else. kind of dickish motion by them considering the croaky version has been out since before they fifty-fifty launched, why fifty-fifty bother if at that place’s no other changes, they could accept at least waited to roll information technology in with their futurity updates.

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Alt-tabbing doesn’t piece of work in fullscreen mode, so it’south nice to be able to quit and return to the game quickly and cleanly … though at that place is a borderless window modern on skyrimnexus which would permit me run it in simulated-fullscreen to allow alt-tabbing.

I’ve found that if I alt-tab back into Skyrim twice, it works the second time. First time you become the blank screen, then alt-tab back out, and then back in and presto, working.

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I’ve constitute that if I alt-tab back into Skyrim twice, information technology works the 2d time. First time you go the blank screen, so alt-tab back out, then back in and presto, working.

I’ve noticed the exact same behavior. You know y’all’ve played too much skyrim when the first time you try to alt+tab back into a different game results in you automatically hitting it twice
:p

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I’ve found that if I alt-tab back into Skyrim twice, it works the second time. First time you get the bare screen, then alt-tab back out, and so back in and presto, working.

I figured this out rapidly also, lol. I merely keep to alt-tab until the Skyrim app is selected again.

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I saw this thread terminal night and when I returned dwelling from piece of work checked information technology out. I started my PC and since I do not accept Steam autorun and I also take information technology prepare to not continue my login info it had no chance to auto-update. I do have the game set to non auto update but someone to a higher place said it did it anyway to them. I was able to successfully launch TESV.exe without steam running. I played all night that way.

I too made a copy of the .exe and stored it on my NAS box for future reference. I plan to permit the game auto update somewhen equally patches come out but I tin can always revert to this gem.

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Newest patch kills this. No more running TESV.exe w/o STEAM.

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Newest patch kills this. No more running TESV.exe west/o STEAM.

While I love Steam, and e’er launch through it, but of all the things to prepare why mess with this?

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While I dear Steam, and ever launch through it, but of all the things to set why mess with this?

Because the game should have shipped that way in the first place. It was very unusual to see a new game come out these days with Steam integration and have that loophole.

Now what shouldn’t have happened and I still can’t figure out why is a very supposedly simple little patch wrecked a bunch of people’s games including mine regardless of whether they used LAA or not.

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This is not a big deal but can see information technology being annoying. People will just download a modified EXE to get around the problem. Many are already doing such to get a game with >2GB memory awareness.

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Just for the record I have the steam version of the game and neither executable in the game install directory work without get-go launching steam.

Perhaps it’s dissimilar for retail? I’m thinking probably not though…

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Just for the record I have the steam version of the game and neither executable in the game install directory piece of work without first launching steam.

Mayhap it’s dissimilar for retail? I’grand thinking probably not though…

The retail version is just the physical equivalent of what is downloaded with a few minor changes. Backing upwards a DVD with any Steam installer looks about similar a Steam game backup. I don’t think at that place’s any difference in one case its installed.

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Just for the record I have the steam version of the game and neither executable in the game install directory work without first launching steam.

Maybe it’southward different for retail? I’m thinking probably non though…

The game was updated before today or yesterday. Launching TESV by itself no longer works.

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:confused:Yeah and the new update has made things wrose….

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This morning I logged into Steam and even though I’d set Skyrim not to auto-update, it updated TESV.exe and at present it launches Steam when double-clicked (and also launches SkyrimLauncher.exe).

A game publisher has the option to override that setting if they choose to, which is what they have done here.

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Just for the record I have the steam version of the game and neither executable in the game install directory work without first launching steam.

Maybe it’s dissimilar for retail? I’m thinking probably not though…

There is no retail or Steam or whatever version of the game. Skyrim is a steamworks game, it is aforementioned regardless of where or how y’all buy it.

Allowing the game to be run without Steam running was a error, likely from Steam’s side (every bit even DRM free games set up by the publisher/programmer still crave Steam to be running), and was “fixed” (albeit to the detriment of those using information technology) in a “silent” update.

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Okay guys, has anyone installed Skyrim patch 1.2 on PC? If you have, can you tell me (and the rest of us) whether the game really is incompatible with the original TESV.exe for Steam-free play, or does it nevertheless -confronting all odds- work? Cheers in advance!

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Wasn’t Gabe bragging about how he is anti DRM just the other day? Hypo-fucking-crite.

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