Nolvus Dashboard Auto Installer

4. Installation

Click here to download the latest version of the Nolvus Dashboard Installer application.

When donwloaded, don't directly run the NolvusUpdater.exe from your Windows download location. Create a new folder anywhere except in your

  • Desktop folder
  • My Document folder
  • Program Files x86 folder
  • Steamapps folder
and name it as you want.

When done copy the NolvusUpdater.exe in that newly created folder and execute it from that location.

This folder could be (these are just examples)
  • drive_letter:\Nolvus
  • drive_letter:\Modding\Skyrim\Nolvus
  • drive_letter:\Skyrim\Nolvus
  • ...
where drive_letter could be your c,d,e ssd drive

It's highly recommended to not install Nolvus in your Steam folders to avoid any issues.



Go to the location where you have copied the file and execute NolvusUpdater.exe

Let the installer proceed to installation

When finished, close the window

Select your Skyrim Special Edition directory.

Click on Auto detect or browse your Skyrim Special Edition directory manually, then click on Next

Paste your Nexus personal API Key you generated earlier and click on Next.

Enter your Nolvus account user name and password and click on Next.

Warning!!! A common mistake is to enter your Nexus credentials instead of the Nolvus ones. Be sure your entered your Nolvus credentials. The Nolvus Dashboard does not need your Nexus credentials as it uses your api key.

Running the auto installer

To launch the auto installer

  • Go to your installation directory and execute the file NolvusDashBoard.exe

This is the first installation screen you get.

Nolvus latest version (v5) is Nolvus Ascension.

Be sure to select the right resolution for your monitor to not play zoomed or in a small window (the resolution can be changed after installation)

Select your monitor ratio (16:9/21:9)

Warning!!! Some mods will be added or not depending the ratio you selected so be sure to select the right ratio because you will not be able to change it after installation.

The language you select has to be the same than the one you selected in steam.

Only the base game will be translated, not the mods.

When done click on Continue

Select the directory where you want to install your instance as well as archive directory.

Instance directory will contain Mod Organizer 2, profile info and installed mods

Archive directory will contain the mods archive files

If you don't want to archive the mods just disable the option.


You can tho set the archive directory on a HDD to spare space on your SSD.

You can point your archive directory to a folder that already contains mod archives, if the files match (checksum), the installer will not redownload them.

When done click on Continue

Select your performance options

There are 2 variants you can choose from, Ultra or Redux

Ultra is the maxed out preset of this list

Redux is less heavy on cities and vegetation while keeping the same gameplay mechanics

All hardware requirements and storage space are listed depending your selections.

Select your antialiasing

You can choose TAA (performance friendly Anti aliasing) or DLAA which is the new NVIDIA anti aliasing system (cost more on perfomance)

Warning choose DLAA only if you have an NVIDIA RTX card otherwise you will CRASH AT START.

Choosing DLAA will install new mods to make it work and you will not be able to change that after installation.

You can also select your default Skyrim ini profile (based on Bethini with recommended settings)

It's not recommended to use Bethini with Nolvus because in some cases it can cause issue with the installer options

Ini profile can be changed after installation

If using Ultra variant, you can also select the LOD's (vegetation, objects in the distance) quality.

LOD's cannot be changed after installation.

Select SMP physics and Fake raytracing options (cost on performance).

These 2 options cannot be changed after installation.

Select FPS Stabilizer, if you want to save some fps by reducing the draw distance on the fly at the costs of some actors, object and trees popins.

This option cannot be changed after installation.

Finally you can use the downscale feature fo the installer, if you want for instance to play at 1080p on a 1440p monitor to save performance.

Downscaling feature is not compatible with DLAA.

If you want to use DLSS from Pure'sDark patreon, be sure you have an NVIDIA RTX card and select DLAA.

The installer will install and setup everything you need and after installation you will just need to disable the installed upscaler from nexus and install the patreon DLSS

When done click on Continue

Select your additional options

These options can not be changed after installation.

You will find more info about the different options here

When done click on Continue

Select your ENB

Available ENB presets are

  • BJORN ENB - The White Wolf Cut
  • CABBAGE ENB (Manual installation ONLY)

Click here for the Cabbage ENB installation tutorial

Install Cabbage ENB AFTER the Nolvus mod list has been installed!!!

The ENB preset can not be changed after installtion (except if you install it manually)

When done click on Continue

Set your page file size

THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO AVOID CRASHES (specially if you only have 16 gb of ram)

More info here

When done click on Continue

Select your best download location (only for Nexus Premium users) and click on Continue.

If your download are slow or buggy, select an other location (near where you live).

Review your installation settings and click on Start

Let the installer proceed its job.


If you get issues during installation, please check our faq first. The majority of issues you could get is covered. You can also join our Nolvus discord. Before asking, be sure it has not already been answered by doing a quick discord search to save people time.

Post Steps

These are the post steps to follow to be sure everything is ok and to prevent any bugs or black screen issue when you launch the game.

1. When the dashboard has installed your Nolvus Instance, click on Manage and Instance

Be sure you don't have anything in red

2. Go back to the instances screen and click on Play. The installer will launch Mod Organizer 2.

3. Select NOLVUS in the right drop down list and click on RUN to launch the game.


Before running the game please read FIRST our Quick Player Guide and Known issues

Offline Mode

When the Nolvus mod list is installed, you don't really need the dashboard application anymore unless you want to check for Nolvus mod list updates, change some settings or re apply the default load order.

You can create a shortcut to run the Nolvus Mod Organizer 2 directly.

A note on Windows DPI custom scaling

If you use Windows Custom scaling (right click on your desktop => Display Properties => Scaling percentage) higher than 100% your game will be zoomed in

In this case you have 2 possibilities

  • Set your windows scaling back to 100%
  • Keep your custom scaling and follow these steps

Go to your SSD:\NOLVUS\Instances\Nolvus Ascension\STOCK GAME directory. Right click on SkyrimSE.exe and set as follow.

Reinstall an instance

Click on Manage and Delete

After your instance has been deleted, you will be able to install again

Note : the installer will not delete your archives but just the instance. So if you kept your archives and don't change the archive path when reinstalling, the installer will not download the mods again.

Additional info

To review your instance settings click Manage and Instance

Click on settings

Installation time will depend on many things

  • Nexus premium account or not
  • Internet connection speed
  • SSD read/write speed
  • CPU for extracting files

On modern computers, if you are Nexus premium and have a good internet speed, it should take about 1hour to install everything (15 minutes with archives).

When the mod list is installed, all instances info are stored into the file InstancesData.xml under INSTALLDIR\Instances directory

For more technical info, click here

Do not DELETE or MODIFY this file if you don't want to BREAK your INSTALLATION!!!