SkyUI Not Working? 4 Simple Ways to Fix the Error

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been one of the best and most popular games in the action genre since 2011. Gamers who have been playing Skyrim are aware of the modding tool for adding functionalities to mods. This tool is known as Skyrim Script Extender or SKSE. No doubt, it’s a pretty handy tool for including additional features, improving graphics, or changing characters’ appearance.However, gamers keep complaining about different SKSE errorsOne of the most common issues is the ‘SkyUI not working’ problem with the SkyUI error code 1. This generally happens when you try to launch the game. Experts have concluded that any issue with the executable SKSE64 can trigger the SkyUI not working instance.

Additionally, file corruption during installation can be another reason. Besides this, the lack of admin privilege and proper configuration can elevate the SkyUI error code 1. 

Let’s get to the solutions for SkyUI not working properly.

Launch SKSE64 with Administrator Privileges

According to gamers, this is the simplest solution available for the SkyUI not working instance. The Skyrim Script Extender needs administrator rights to mod the existing Skyrim game. 

Follow the guidelines below to add admin privileges to the SKSE64 executable file:

  1. Navigate to the game’s directory and locate the executable file of SKSE64.
  2. Right-click the file and choose the Properties option from the pop-up menu.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab when the Properties window shows up.
  4. There should be a box next to an option that reads, ‘Run this program as an administrator’. Check that box besides the option.
  5. Save all the changes with the click on the Apply and OK duo.

This saves your preference, and you need to restart your PC now.

Attempt Manual Installation of SKSE64

Managing the administrator rights for the SKSE64 executable file might not provide the desired result. And, you would be still experiencing the SkyUI not working issue. If there’s been an issue with the game file installation, then you need to manually install the SKSE tool. 

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to the official website of Skyrim Script Extender and download the compatible SKSE file.
  2. Make sure that you extract its content to an easily accessible location. The folder name should be SKSE64_2_00_04 or similar.
  3. Now, open the folder, and there should be another folder with the same name. Double-click on it to expand it.
  4. After that, you need to select the following file:
    1. skse64_1_5_3.dll
    2. skse64_loader.exe
    3. skse64_steam_loader.dll
  5. You need to move all these files to this directory: C:/ Steam/ SteamApps/ Common/ Skyrim Special Edition. You can adjust this particular directory as per your preference.
  6. Head back towards the SKSE64_2_00_04 folder and expand the folder named Data. Find the Scripts folder and open it as well.
  7. You have to select every .PEX file from this location and copy-paste them to the script folder location of the Skyrim game. Here’s the directory: C:/ SteamApps/ Common/ Skyrim Special Edition/ Data/ Scripts.

Alternative Method

You can use the Mod Manager to install the SKSE setup. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Go to the official website of SKSE and download the SKSE setup. Afterwards, install the SKSE setup.
  2. Now, head towards the Data folder of the SKSE setup. Locate the Scripts folder inside it and right-click on it.
  3. Click the ‘Add to archive’ option from the pop-up menu. Make sure that you have archiving software installed on your device.
  4. You have to rename the archive you just created. Additionally, the name should be convenient.
  5. On the other hand, you can utilise mod installers such as WB, Vortex, MO2, etc., to extract the file.

In case the SKSE gets an update you need to replace all the .PEX files with their newest versions. 

Now, you can restart your computer and try launching the game. Check if the SkyUI not working issue appears again or not.

Modify Mod Manager Settings

This is another proven workaround to mitigate the SkyUI not working error. You have to launch the Mod manager and make necessary changes in the following way:

  1. Expand the Mod Manager with admin rights. Go to its Settings window.
  2. Land on the General tab. Notice the Association section and check every box under this section.
  3. To save your changes, click the OK button.

Now, you can restart the Mod Manager and observe if it solves the SkyUI not working problem.

Relocate the Game Folder

This trick can work miracles if you’re lucky. The game folder generally resides at the C:\ drive. If your game has been installed somewhere else, then you can encounter the SkyUI not working error. 

Steam can’t find the right game file to run when you try launching the game from Steam. 

Here’s how you can address this problem:

  1. Launch Steam and go to the game’s directory.
  2. Right-click the game’s directory and choose the Properties option from the pop-up menu.
  3. Head towards the Local Files tab and hit the Browse button. This will redirect you to the SSE game folder.
  4. Now, you can move the game folder to the C:\ drive and launch the game from Steam.

This should eliminate the SkyUI not working instance. Check if it solves the SkyUI error code 1 after launching the mod application.


All the above solutions should be enough to eliminate the SkyUI not working situation. However, there are some rare cases where the SkyUI error code 1 persists. If you are still struggling with that, you should seek an expert’s help.