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I just tried to run Skyrim and once the splash screen appears, I hit "Play." The splash screen blinks and pops up again. Nothing else happens, and the game does not open.

I'm stuck in a endless loop :)

It's not the first time I've run the game. I have 28 hours of gameplay already.

I have tried:

  • Restarting my PC
  • Running Steam as Administrator (if I don't, I get an error message I can't completely remember, something along the lines of "Skyrim will... Modify your data")
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No,restarting did not fix my problem. Damn. – Marcello Grechi Lins Nov 30 '11 at 20:57
Tried : Steam -> Library -> right click Skyrim -> Properties -> Local Files tab -> Click "Verify Integrity of Game Cache" , still not working. – Marcello Grechi Lins Nov 30 '11 at 21:01
Deleting SkyrimPrefs.ini might so the trick. – DrFish Nov 30 '11 at 21:08
@Bora Not worked. Damn,it was probably the last patch,since i played this morning – Marcello Grechi Lins Nov 30 '11 at 21:25
@MarcelloGrechiLins, if you fixed your problem, post it as an "answer" and then accept it. That way people can find it later if they have the same issue. – agent86 Dec 1 '11 at 0:28
up vote 12 down vote accepted

I've fixed it. Steps for those who are having the same problems :

  1. Close steam (right click on the system tray icon and choose exit)
  2. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\ or whatever folder your steam is installed
  3. Go to Steam/steamapps/common/skyrim/Skyrim
  4. Delete (or move to desktop to avoid issues if it does not work) the SkyrimPrefs.ini file
  5. Open Steam and go to : Library > Skyrim > Right Click > Properties > Local Files > Verify Integrity of Game cache
  6. It will download a "missing" file, 22MB or something
  7. Ready to play

I hope this helps other people with the same problem!

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I had the same problem. "Verify integrity" in Steam fixed it, but I didn't need to delete or move my SkyrimPrefs.ini. If you've made changes to it, it's worth trying just "Verify Integrity" first. – aearon Dec 1 '11 at 15:37
you might want to mark this as the accepted answer, indicating that the question has been answered. – alexanderpas Dec 16 '11 at 22:15

I tried all of the above plus removing any mods I could find but still no joy. In the end I had to uninstall, delete the Skyrim folder with any mods in it and reinstall. It's working fine now - minus the mods of course. It had been working fine previously with the mods, but the update must have conflicted with some files.

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Deactivating the Steam-Community feature solved the problem on my system.

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I've had this problem too. I just forgot to install service pack 3 for windows after reformating, so check if you have it :)

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I already answered my own question. Thanks anyway for trying to help.By the way, SP3 Wasn't the reason – Marcello Grechi Lins Feb 27 '12 at 12:27

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