In my other question, I asked if I could get the Steam overlay in Skyrim if I use the SKSE .exe file. (Reference Question: How can I get the Steam overlay on Skyrim, if I am using the SKSE.exe to launch the game?)

I would like to sync my Skyrim achievements with Steam, even though I am using the SKSE .exe through a "non-steam game" (details are at the other question).

I know this is beginning to get complicated. I hope you can understand what I mean! =)


Achievements are only granted the moment you meet the criteria, they are not stored in the save, so you can't sync them. You can use the Steam Achievement Manager to give yourself any achievements you want.

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  • I think discussion of these types of tools isn't appropriate – JohnoBoy Feb 12 '12 at 16:20
  • Why would it be? Achievements aren't a particularly hot moral topic. – kotekzot Feb 14 '12 at 10:36
  • It's perhaps appropriate isn't the right word. What I mean is that use of tools like SAM are considered by some to be like hacking/cracking which isn't encouraged on this site. But I agree SAM isn't really illegal. – JohnoBoy Feb 14 '12 at 12:28
  • I actually liked this suggestion. – gameaddict Feb 14 '12 at 13:30
  • turns out this actually answers both this question and my next, which was why aren't they syncing. It's because I only get the achievement when it is achieved. Thanks for your help! – gameaddict Feb 20 '12 at 2:29

I renamed skse_loader.exe to SkyrimLauncher.exe and it works like a charm.
If I started the game using skse_loader.exe directly, I would not get the Steam overlay or the achievements.

Be sure to make a backup of the original launcher as you need it to synchronize mods (just rename it when you want to sync)

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When you run skse_loader.exe, SKSE does some magic behind the scenes to launch Skyrim in such a way that Steam thinks you're playing Skyrim normally.

You shouldn't have to do anything to get credit for your achievements and play time, even if you're using the "non-Steam game" method to run SKSE.

(Confirmed through my own experience using SKSE and earning achievements)

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  • I can second this. Been using skse_loader.exe since it came out with Steam overlay and achievements. – Thrillho Feb 12 '12 at 23:40
  • but how? I am only running it as a third party game in order to launch through SKSE... – gameaddict Feb 14 '12 at 13:31
  • turns out doesn't matter. they don't sync. – gameaddict Feb 20 '12 at 2:29

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