How to Fix SKSE Error Code 1 in Skyrim with Vortex

Greetings, Dovahkiin! Encountering the dreaded SKSE error code 1 can halt your modded Skyrim adventures, but fret not! This guide will equip you with the knowledge and steps to vanquish this error and reclaim the path to Tamriel’s glory.

How to Fix SKSE Error Code 1 in Skyrim with Vortex


  1. Uninstall and Reinstall SKSE Manually:
    • Remove existing SKSE from Skyrim folder.
    • Download latest SKSE from
    • Unzip and place files in Skyrim game directory (where skyrim.exe is).
    • Consider using Mod Organizer 2 (MO2) for better experience.
  2. Verify SKSE Version Compatibility:
    • Check Skyrim version: Right-click Skyrim.exe > Properties > Details > Product Version.
    • Match Skyrim version with appropriate SKSE version on
  3. Launch Skyrim with SKSE:
    • Launch using skse64_loader.exe, not shortcuts or Steam/GOG.
    • In Vortex: Dashboard > TOOLS > SKSE > Set as Primary.


  • Downgrade Game: If issues persist, downgrade to a SKSE-compatible version.
  • Verify Installation: Ensure SKSE is in Skyrim root directory.
  • Always Launch with skse64_loader.exe: Avoid compatibility problems.

Now go forth, Dovahkiin, and conquer the realm of modding! Skyrim awaits your return.

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