How to transfer Skyrim save files to Skyrim Special Edition

How to transfer Skyrim save files to Skyrim Special Edition

How to transfer Skyrim save files to Skyrim Special Edition

How to transfer Skyrim save files to Skyrim Special Edition

With the release of Skyrim Special Edition on PC, a lot of things have changed, first Skyrim Special Edition is now a 64-bit application allowing gamers and modders to utilise more memory. Secondly, the games graphics have received a significant overhaul with higher resolution textures, enhanced graphical effects and a much more realistic aesthetic.
 
Yes, it can be argued that the Skyrim Special Edition is just Skyrim's Original PC version with a few graphical enhancement mods, but in reality is a stronger base for future modding. Skyrim Special Edition allows modders to utilise more memory and allows more mods to be used at once and acts as an improved starting point for future graphical enhancements.    

This is why a lot of existing Skyrim fans want to move to this newer version of the game, as it provides an improved starting point for modding and provides the best vanilla Skyrim experience available.  

Below is a set of 1440p screenshot comparison of the original PC release of Skyrim and Skyrim Special Edition. These images come courtesy of Dicehunter on the OC3D Forums. 

 

How to transfer Skyrim save files to Skyrim Special Edition  How to transfer Skyrim save files to Skyrim Special Edition
How to transfer Skyrim save files to Skyrim Special Edition  How to transfer Skyrim save files to Skyrim Special Edition
How to transfer Skyrim save files to Skyrim Special Edition  How to transfer Skyrim save files to Skyrim Special Edition
(Skyrim Original (Left), Skyrim Special Edition (Right))  

 

Modded Save files

Sadly Skyrim Special Edition is not guaranteed to function with modded Skyrim save files, as right now it is likely that the mods you were using are not released on Skyrim Special Edition yet and even if they are, they might not function in the same way. 

It is advisable that player who used heavily modded versions of Skyrim should simply start fresh and then gather a new set of Skyrim SE compatible mods. 

Incompatible save files will crash Skyrim Special Edition after you try to load them, 

 

Transferring Existing Skyrim Save files to Skyrim Special Edition 

The process of transferring Skyrim save data to Skyrim SE is a simple process. First, you must enter into your My Games folder within My Documents and find your original Skyrim save files within at the following location.    

 

    My Documents/My Games/skyrim/saves 

 How to transfer Skyrim save files to Skyrim Special Edition

 

 

For the purposes of this guide, we will be copying the "save 14 - harry dresden" save file over to Skyrim Special Edition. Simply right-click on this file and hit copy. 

Then users will need to navigate to their save file location for Skyrim Special Edition, which is at the following location on your PC. 

 

     My Documents/My Games/Skyrim Special Edition/saves 

 

Once you navigate to this location paste your file and you should be ready to play your old Skyrim save file in Skyrim Special Edition. 

 How to transfer Skyrim save files to Skyrim Special Edition

  

Please note that Skyrim and Skyrim Special Edition save files have very different naming schemes, which should make it easy to differentiate saves that originated on the older or newer game. 

Please note that saves from Skyrim Special Edition cannot be transferred to the Original PC version of Skyrim, as Skyrim will tell you that these saves use a newer version of the program and tell you to update the program. 
  

 

You can join the discussion on Skyrim Special Edition on the OC3D Forums

 

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Most Recent Comments

28-10-2016, 12:43:56

J0s3e
Anyone else thinks the game has NOT CHANGED AT ALL, given you were using high resolution textures before?Quote

28-10-2016, 14:48:05

Daiyus
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Originally Posted by J0s3e View Post
Anyone else thinks the game has NOT CHANGED AT ALL, given you were using high resolution textures before?
I certainly don't agree. Just being on a 64bit engine is worth the upgrade. Visually it's admittedly a small step but for modding it's entered a brand new era and that is very, very exciting.Quote

30-10-2016, 08:17:51

Primey
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Originally Posted by J0s3e View Post
Anyone else thinks the game has NOT CHANGED AT ALL, given you were using high resolution textures before?
No. There's a VERY CLEAR difference.Quote

31-10-2016, 08:14:26

J0s3e
I watched countless streamers playing it and I can't see any. Maybe it's because I haven't played in a while, ESO now takes the crown.Quote

31-10-2016, 08:17:48

Wraith
There is a noticeable difference in the lighting and slight subtle changes in some textures but that is it.

As for the save games, I had issue transfering mine over due to the shear number of mods I was using with the original. Best thing to do is remove all mods except the official DLC and Official HD texture pack and do a quick save then copy the file over.Quote
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