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

I just tried to run Skyrim and once the splash screen appears, I hit “Play.” The splash screen blinks and pops up again. Nothing else happens, and the game does not open.

I’m stuck in a endless loop 🙂

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  • 4 Solutions collect form web for “I can't get past the opening splash screen when I try to start playing Skyrim”

    I’ve fixed it. Steps for those who are having the same problems :

    1. Close steam (right click on the system tray icon and choose exit)
    2. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\ or whatever folder your steam is installed
    3. Go to Steam/steamapps/common/skyrim/Skyrim
    4. Delete (or move to desktop to avoid issues if it does not work) the SkyrimPrefs.ini file
    5. Open Steam and go to : Library > Skyrim > Right Click > Properties > Local Files > Verify Integrity of Game cache
    6. It will download a “missing” file, 22MB or something
    7. Ready to play

    I hope this helps other people with the same problem!

    I tried all of the above plus removing any mods I could find but still no joy. In the end I had to uninstall, delete the Skyrim folder with any mods in it and reinstall. It’s working fine now – minus the mods of course. It had been working fine previously with the mods, but the update must have conflicted with some files.

    Deactivating the Steam-Community feature solved the problem on my system.

    I’ve had this problem too. I just forgot to install service pack 3 for windows after reformating, so check if you have it 🙂

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