LOOT not Detecting Skyrim and Skyrim SE [Fixed]

A very common problem that is encountered by so many gamers is when Loot is not detecting Skyrim and Skyrim SE. So, when you launch the app, LOOT does not crash but it simply does not detect the game and keeps on searching for it until it fails by showing an error message. If this happens, don’t worry because this is not a big problem and can be solved very easily and very quickly.

Loot not detecting Skyrim and Skyrim SE
Error Message

What Prevents LOOT from detecting Skyrim and Skyrim SE?

Many gamers around the world have reported this error and there may be several reasons behind this error. Some of these reasons are listed below.

  • If you haven’t run Skyrim Through Steam at first, then this problem might occur.
  • This problem might occur if you are not running LOOT from MO2.
  • If your LOOt can’t find the game on the path it is searching.

Pre Tips

If you are facing this problem, don’t worry because it can be solved very easily and quickly. Follow some basic troubleshooting steps given below.

  1. Close your steam.
  2. Restart your computer.
  3. Launch Steam.
  4. Right-click the game. Select properties and then select local. Verify the game by clicking the verify button.
  5. Try Running LOOT from MO2.

What to do if Loot doesn’t detect Skyrim and Skyrim SE?

Solution 1: Run Skyrim through Steam

If your LOOt can not detect Skyrim then the first thing you can do is to launch it through Steam. When you launch Skyrim from Steam, wait for the splash menu load before exiting. Launching the game from steam will help register the files that LOOT needs to detect.

Solution 2: Run LOOT and Steam as Administrator

Sometimes this error occurs when your steam and Skyrim cannot be accessed. This happens when they both are in the Program(x86) folder. This folder has native protections and sometimes LOOT can not access it. All you have to do is to Right-click on Steam and LOOT and run them as Administrator. If this doesn’t help, try to move your Steam folder out of the Program(x86).

Solution 3: Change Location of Skyrim

If you still can’t get rid of this problem, then try to change the location of the game. It will most probably fix this issue. Follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the following location:
  2.  Open settings.yaml with a text editor like notepad++.
  3. Search for “type: Skyrim” and a bit below that is “path: …..” Change that line to the location where your Skyrim is installed.

For more information, contact us. You can get the LOOT tool from here.

Alan Adams

Alan is a hardcore tech enthusiast that lives and breathes tech. When he is not indulged in playing the latest video games, he helps users with technical problems that they might run into. Alan is a Computer Science Graduate with a Masters in Data Science.
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