STEP 8 - ESM CLEANING

8.1 ABOUT ESM CLEANING

With the release of SSEEdit 4.0, the process of cleaning plugins has been simplified quite a bit. Beginning with Update.esm, we are going to clean the following four ESMs, Bethesda’s official master files, one at a time.

  • Update.esm
  • Dawnguard.esm
  • HearthFires.esm
  • Dragonborn.esm

8.2 EXPORT FILES TO MO2

Since we want to keep the vanilla files wholly untouched, we are going to copy over the four ESMs that we will clean into a MO2 mod folder. They will then overwrite the original ESMs from your Data folder (which are displayed as “Unmanaged” at the top of your mod order).

This method has the added benefit of keeping the vanilla files available as backup. Should something go wrong during the cleaning process (which is unlikely), you will be able to wipe the MO2 mod folder and copy the vanilla files again to start over.

  • Open the Mod Organizer 2\mods folder and create a new folder inside called Official Master Files – Cleaned.
  • Navigate to your Data folder and copy the following files:
    • Update.esm
    • Dawnguard.esm
    • HearthFires.esm
    • Dragonborn.esm
  • Paste them into your new Official Master Files – Cleaned folder.
  • In Mod Organizer 2, press F5 to refresh and your new “mod” will appear at the bottom of the mod order.
  • Drag it up below the ESSENTIAL MODS separator (above SKSE – Data 2.0.x) and activate it.

8.3 AUTOMATED CLEANING PROCESS

UPDATE ESM

  • Select SSEEdit – Quick Cleaning in the executables list and hit Run.
  • The plugin selection window will come up next.
  • Check only Update.esm and click OK.

Now the cleaning process will begin automatically. It takes a few minutes, so simply sit back and let SSEEdit do its thing until you see Quick Clean mode finished in the log. Then you can close SSEEdit.

DAWNGUARD ESM

  • Run SSEEdit – Quick Cleaning through MO2.
  • Check only Dawnguard.esm in the plugin selection window and click OK.
  • Wait until the cleaning procedure is completed.
  • Close SSEEdit.

HEARTHFIRES ESM

  • Run SSEEdit – Quick Cleaning through MO2.
  • Check only HearthFires.esm in the plugin selection window and click OK.
  • Wait until the cleaning procedure is completed.
  • Close SSEEdit.

DRAGONBORN ESM

  • Run SSEEdit – Quick Cleaning through MO2.
  • Check only Dragonborn.esm in the plugin selection window and click OK.
  • Wait until the cleaning procedure is completed.
  • Close SSEEdit.

8.4 ADDITIONAL MANUAL CLEANING

There are additional instructions written up by alt3rn1ty to manually clean some dirty edits that won’t be caught by SSEEdit’s quick cleaning procedure. Only one of the edits can affect actual gameplay through, so we won’t bother with removing the other two which are simply left-over test records.

APPLY FILTER

  • Run SSEEdit through MO2 (not the Quick Cleaning version).
  • In the plugin selection window, check only Dawnguard.esm and hit OK.
  • Once SSEEedit returns the message Background Loader: finished, you may proceed.
  • Right-click anywhere in the left pane and select Apply Filter.
  • Change nothing in the window that comes up next, but simply click Filter to confirm.
  • This will take a moment and you need to wait until it is done.

DELETE CONFLICTING SUB-RECORD

  • Double-click Dawnguard.esm (now displayed in orange), then double-click Cells.
  • Find the following cell (highlighted in red) in the list and select it:
    • 00016BCF RiftenRaggedFlagon
  • Scroll down to the bottom until you can see the conflict in the line marked red.
  • Right-click RiftenRatwayZone [ECZN:0009FBB9] in Dawnguard.esm and select Remove (see picture below).
  • There will be a warning, simply click Yes, I’m sure.

SAVE CHANGES

  • Close SSEEdit.
  • When asked to save your changes, only Dawnguard.esm should appear in the list.
  • Make sure Dawnguard.esm is checked, then click OK.
  • You’re done!