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?

  • You CAN try just sticking the old drive into the new laptop and see how the OS handles that. Windows 7 and on seems to be able to handle that better.
    – Nelson
    Nov 27 '15 at 5:16

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:

Mod Organizer

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.

  1. Download and install Mod Organizer on your new computer.
  2. On your old PC, navigate to where you installed MO (usually C:\Program Files (x86) (or C:\Program Files if you have a 32-bit PC)) and copy that folder to a new pen drive.
  3. Replace the Mod Organizer folder 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.

  1. Install NMM on your new PC.
  2. 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.

Steam Mods

Okay, you're a casual. Steam Workshop mods should move right over, no problem.

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    Can the downvoter please explain their downvote so I can fix the problem in the post and/or make better posts in the future? Thanks!
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Dec 8 '15 at 11:51

Just copy the folder where game is stored and paste it on the other computer (in the exact same location)


If you're using steam, then all you have to do is download from the cloud on the other/next PC once steam is on it

  • Sadly, no. But thank you for the response!
    Nov 27 '15 at 4:27
  • @SEBASSZCHAN it was worth a shot at least! Nov 27 '15 at 4:28
  • Non-steam mods won't transfer over.
    – Nelson
    Nov 27 '15 at 5:15
  • This is why we have steam Nov 27 '15 at 16:26

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