About This File

For Skyrim version 1.8.151.0.7

What is a clean save?:

It is usually referred to in a troubleshooting environment; it is a save that has never seen a mod(s) before. It is clean because it has not been "dirtied" by, or exposed to any information and/or data from any mod(s). It is for this reason it becomes an ideal (necessary) testing environment when troubleshooting mods.

Unlike previous Bethesda games (recent Fallout's, Oblivion) a clean save can't simply be made by uninstalling mods and then making a fresh save. You will orphan a lot of data that way.

See below for more information.

Why use a clean save?:

It ensures no remnant or persistent data is distorting your results, giving you feedback that is accurate. Teleporting from the Main Menu is a popular method, but it should not be relied upon for serious testing. A lot of things get initialised when going through the new game sequence, it is important to test mods in the environment to which they will be applied (how many people started their actual playthrough by teleporting from the main menu?). Furthermore, we're sick of asking. If you are having problems and tell people that you are testing with a certified clean save we are one step closer to a potential resolution.

About:

I think a lot of people could benefit from this. It saves you having to go through the tedium of the starting sequence (or a clean install of Skyrim) if you haven't got access to a save like this already.

I also have hopes that this kind of thing can become a standard when troubleshooting. Eg. "Did you test with the latest Clean Save Resource?"

Surely by now we're all sick of asking about, hearing about, and answering questions relating to clean saves and the testing of mods.

Notes:

The save has been made just outside Helgen Keep, right after having finished the Quest: Unbound. No mods installed, requires only Skyrim and Update.ESM.

The file name of the save is: Save 3 - Prisoner Skyrim.

Installation:

  1. Download the archive to your computer
  2. Extract the save to wherever your saves are located. (For Windows 7 it's usually - Documents\My Games\Skyrim\Saves)
  3. Test your mods
  4. Do not overwrite this save!

Uninstallation:

  1. Really?
  2. Remove the save file manually or in-game
  3. Reel from your loss

Permissions:

No credit necessary. Just spread the word where you can, it would be excellent if this sort of procedure became standard for everyone who posts about issues that are potentially related to a dirty save.

Availability:

Currently limited to Dropbox and the Nexus.

Reference Material:

Save File Notes (Papyrus) - CK Wiki Article

Clean Mod/Clean Save Thread - CK Forums Discussion. Of note are posts from a Bethesda Employee (#1, #2)

Official Resource Thread - BethSoft Forums.

If anyone else has good links please post them here! We need this information to get out there!

(it would also be good to have a definitive thread discussing precisely what a clean save is somewhere so I can link to it)

Usage Permissions

No credit necessary. Just spread the word where you can, it would be excellent if this sort of procedure became standard for everyone who posts about issues that are potentially related to a dirty save.

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