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My question is basically when trying to loading Skyrim via Steam, the "preparing to launch" screen flashes on and off over and over, I have tried removing all my mods, I have tried reinstalling the game completely, I have tried removing the .ini files. The only way that I am able to get the game running is by running it in offline mode. I am assuming this is an issue with Steam opposed to Skyrim!

If anyone else knows what can cause this I'd really appreciate it.

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Try verifying game cache and deleting ClientRegistry.blob from your Steam folder. – kotekzot Jun 25 '12 at 16:22

Steps taken from the steam support article: Games do not run after 'Preparing to Launch'

  1. Use Windows update to update your computer
  2. Update your computer's drivers
  3. Verify the game cache files
  4. Disable any background applications (antivirus, etc.)
  5. Run secondary installers manually
    • Located in separate folders in C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim\ or C:Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim\ on a 64-bit system.

If none of this works, or you need more detail, have a look at the Steam Support Article.

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