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I can't get past the opening splash screen when I try to start playing Skyrim

When trying to play Skyrim on Windows 7, I double-click the icon, and the Steam launcher briefly appears

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before the Skyrim laucher appears.

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Clicking "PLAY", I get a UAC elevation prompt:

at which point the Skyrim launcher reappears.

Then, if I click "PLAY", the Skyrim launcher disappears and shortly thereafter shows me the Skyrim launcher.

Then, if I click "PLAY", the Skyrim launcher disappears and shortly thereafter shows me the Skyrim launcher.

Then, if I click "PLAY", the Skyrim launcher disappears and shortly thereafter shows me the Skyrim launcher.

...ad infinitum.


If I disable UAC, then i get the same steps as above, except no UAC elevation prompt appears.

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    Games that need privilege elevation = fail. – Nick T Dec 1 '11 at 3:09
  • Did you reboot after changing UAC? Have you tried running steam as Administrator? – GluedHands Dec 1 '11 at 4:17
  • Run Steam as administrator, and if that doesn't work run the Skyrim executable directly as Administrator in C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim. – Sadly Not Dec 1 '11 at 4:47
  • Ok but what happens if you click Play? – aearon Dec 1 '11 at 16:34
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I've seen this same error yesterday. Run Steam (not sure if Administrator privilege is needed), right-click on the game name and go to Properties, then Local Files. There, click on Verify Integrity of Game Cache.

I did that yesterday on a friend's, and Skyrim launched without problems after that.


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Works!

  • I'll confirm that this process works. Although my game didn't find anything wrong, once I ran the 'Verify Integrity' it worked fine. – JClaspill Dec 1 '11 at 21:36

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