Elder Scrolls
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Data Files are used for PC Players on Morrowind, Oblivion, or Skyrim. They are used for opening mods or add-ons with Morrowind, Oblivion or Skyrim with the mods or creations from the Creation Kit. Some Skyrim PC Players are not able to open data files, however, there are ways that these PC Players may be able to access them.

Unlocking the Data File[]

It is not necessary for Wrye Bash users to use this technique, because they can launch Skyrim and manage mods via Wrye Bash.

The close up location of a Data File, click the image for a closer view.

It is by going to Skyrimprefs.ini file with a text editor such as "Notepad," it must have Launcher.

Some locations of SkyrimPrefs.ini are, for example:

Windows XP default settings:
C:\Documents and Settings\player's username\My Games\Skyrim\
C:\Program Files\steam\steamapps\common\skyrim\Data\
Windows 7 64bits default settings:
C:\Users\player's username\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\
C:\Program Files (x86)\steam\steamapps\common\skyrim\Data

Notice : If "Folder Option"'s preferences do not disable "Hide extensions for known file types," .ini file extension is not shown.

bEnableFileSelection=1, to SkyrimPrefs.ini, and copy-and-paste and save. There are 2 above directories needed on the SkyrimPrefs.ini of the Document directory or the directory installed Skyrim game.

If this is not working try this; go to the "Document" directory or the directory installed Skyrim game, right click their directories, go to "Properties," go to [General] tab, "Attributes," thick the "read only" (Only applies to files in directories).

If it's not working, there are no ways left. Remember to try 2 ways.

Location of "Data Files"[]

"Data Files" is the mod directory of esm/esp/bsa, textures, meshes, Flash or STRINGS files, such as Skyrim.esm, Dawnguard.esm (Official Plug-ins), textures and meshes, etc. This directory location is, for example in Windows 7 64bits default settings:

C:\Program Files (x86)\steam\steamapps\common\skyrim\Data
C:\Program Files (x86)\Bethesda Softworks\Oblivion\Data
C:\Program Files (x86)\Bethesda Softworks\Morrowind\Data Files