So, there are various tools to manage the mods I've installed (say, Nexus Mod Manager or Steam workshop), there are mods to set the load order in a smart way (BOSS).

But what I'm missing is a tool to show me what mods that are required (listed as Masters in the mods I'm loading) but that I've not loaded yet, given that Skyrim shows me this in the delightful way of crashing to the desktop on loading the main menu and not providing any diagnostics.

Is there a way to figure out which mod is causing the crash, or which requirements haven't been filled?

  • Pretty sure this can be seen as a software recommendation. Think you might be able to reword it to focus on the problem(s) you're attempting to solve? – Frank Nov 27 '14 at 23:02
  • "Is there a way to figure out which mod is causing the crash, or which requirements haven't been filled?" Check your logs... – user92092 Nov 28 '14 at 6:05
  • @FinnRayment sure, they can be found by going to about:blank in your web browser because logging doesn't start until after the mods have been loaded, and the game crashes during the loading :) – Elva Nov 28 '14 at 10:21
  • @Frank You're right, bleh, blame posting when I should be sleeping. I think Robotnik's version is better, thanks :) – Elva Nov 28 '14 at 10:22

Mod Organizer and Wrye Bash will both display missing and present Masters for mods.

If you don't want to make the switch to MO (though I'd recommend it) and you don't need a bashed patch, it would still be worthwhile to download Wrye to just run every now and then to check dependencies.


You can use LOOT. It has a dependency tracking system. among other features for configuring load order.

LOOT is the successor of BOSS. https://loot.github.io/

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    How do you use LOOT to solve the problem? Recommending a product is one part; explaining how to use it to solve the issue is the next. – Frank Oct 17 '16 at 21:17
  • @Frank The original question was asking for a tool like BOSS. I simply observed that no one had mentioned LOOT yet and contributed to the overall quality of this question. I don't think that warrants a down-vote. – Beninja2 Oct 17 '16 at 21:26
  • Questions asking for software that meets specific criteria are actually off-topic. Read the question again; it's asking for software like BOSS, but the important bit is the last line. Without explaining how to use the tool to solve the problem, this doesn't actually answer the question. Without that, this sorta hits out spam sensors. Probably not what you're intending, so that's why explaining how to use it is very helpful. – Frank Oct 17 '16 at 21:28

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