How do I fix the Skyrim error code 80?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

Skyrim error code 80 is a bug that can occur when playing the game on certain hardware configurations. It is caused by a conflict between the game's files and the hardware, and can often be fixed by updating the game or the drivers for the hardware. In some cases, however, the error can be caused by a corrupted game file, and the only way to fix it is to delete the file and start the game again from scratch.

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1. Restart your computer and try again

  1. Close any open programs on your computer.
  2. Restart your computer.
  3. If the error code still appears, try the following:
  • Make sure all of your device drivers are up-to-date.
  • Make sure your graphics card is properly installed and properly configured.
  • Make sure your operating system is up-to-date.
  • Try reinstalling Skyrim.

2. Update your drivers

  1. Right click on the device you want to update and select “Update Driver Software”
  2. Click on the “Browse my computer for driver software”
  3. Select the “Let me pick from a list of drivers on my computer”
  4. Select the “Windows 10 (x64)” driver
  5. Click on the “Update” button
  6. If there are any problems during the update, click on the “Get help” button and follow the instructions
  7. Restart your computer
  8. Try to start Skyrim again
  9. If the error code still appears, please contact us for further assistance.

3. Verify your game files

  1. Ensure that your game is up to date.
  2. Delete any mods that are not required for the game to function.
  3. Verify your game files.
  4. Reinstall the game.
  5. Try the game again.

If the answers above didn't work then you should also try:

  1. Delete your skyrim.ini and skyrimprefs.ini files and try again.
  2. Try running the game in borderless windowed mode.
  3. Try running the game in compatibility mode.
  4. Try running the game as an administrator.
  5. Reinstall the game.