So my computer's gettin' old and my folks are planning to get me another laptop for college. Since I'll never forget my current laptop and its content, how am I gonna transfer the files (specifically Skyrim, since mine is heavily modded, I'd love a solution wherein my mods can also be transferred) to another laptop? Lastly, what will I also need, like things to buy?
First off, you need to download Skyrim through Steam to your new computer. Make sure to copy your
Documents\My Games\Skyrim folder to your new computer.
Because you're using a modded environment, you need to move your mods over as well. This really depends on what tool you're using though:
Author's Note: If you're not already using Mod Organizer, I recommend you drop everything and go start using it now. It makes managing Skyrim mods infinitely easier, and it's fully compatible with NexusMods.
If you're using Mod Organizer, your job is (thankfully) very simple.
- Download and install Mod Organizer on your new computer.
- On your old PC, navigate to where you installed MO (usually
C:\Program Files (x86)(or
C:\Program Filesif you have a 32-bit PC)) and copy that folder to a new pen drive.
- Replace the
Mod Organizerfolder on your new PC (where you installed MO on your new PC) with the one you just extracted from your old PC.
All of your mods and saves should be present. Note that you might need to re-install SKSE or any other base mods that you have in your system.
Nexus Mod Manager
Unfortunately, NMM doesn't really have a set/official method that I was able to find. However, it should still be relatively simple.
- Install NMM on your new PC.
- On your old PC, all of your mods should be in the folder
C:\Games\Nexus Mod Manager\Skyrim. Copy this to your new PC.
Okay, you're a casual. Steam Workshop mods should move right over, no problem.