File Cleaning

Info: Bethesda's official DLCs contain deleted references, which can cause problems when modding the game. These "dirty edits" are not causing any problem if the game is left un-modded. However, when mods are loaded, these dirty edits can cause crashes. Why Bethesda didn't think it was necessary to spend the 10 minutes it takes to clean up their sloppy editing before release is a mystery, but fortunately it's very easy to clean it up for them. A "dirty edit", is when a DLC (or a mod) contains data which removes an object by deleting it. If only that one specific mod or DLC is loaded, this won't cause any problems, but if another mod has a reference to that specific object that was deleted, then the game will most likely crash when encountering the object in-game. FO4Edit can "undelete" such deleted objects, and "disable" them instead. This will leave references from other mods still being valid (no crash), and prevent the object from appearing in-game at the same time. FO4Edit can also fix a lot of other issues, but those are not important for any mods included in this guide. If you already have a lot of mods installed, and you want to add these mods on top, then you probably need FO4Edit to look for mod-conflicts. If you only use the mods from this guide, then this will not be necessary. All mods recommended here have already been thoroughly tested for compatibility. Only the official DLC-files from Bethesda has to be cleaned. If you want to further optimize, check out this cleaning guide: (LINK) *It's made for Skyrim, but Fallout 4 works the same way.

 


Official DLC Cleaning



If you haven't done so already, download and install FO4Edit: (LINK)  *Unpack into the Fallout 4 game-folder.
Navigate to the 'FO4Edit 4.0.4' folder.

1: Run 'FO4EditQuickAutoClean.exe'.

Now select 'DLCRobot.esm' and click 'OK'.


2: Wait  *This can take several minutes, depending on your system.

When done, this message will show: 'Background Loader: finished'.

*Time depends on your system.

Close the program.

3: Run 'FO4EditQuickAutoClean.exe' again.

This time select 'DLCworkshop01.esm' and click 'OK'.


4: Wait. This time will be shorter.

When you see 'Background Loader: finished', close the program.

5: Run 'FO4EditQuickAutoClean.exe' again.

This time select 'DLCCoast.esm' and click 'OK'.


6: Wait.

When you see 'Background Loader: finished', close the program.

7: Run 'FO4EditQuickAutoClean.exe' again.

This time select 'DLCworkshop02.esm' and click 'OK'.


8: Wait.

When you see 'Background Loader: finished', close the program.

9: Run 'FO4EditQuickAutoClean.exe' again.

This time select 'DLCworkshop03.esm' and click 'OK'.


10: Wait.

When you see 'Background Loader: finished', close the program.

11: Run 'FO4EditQuickAutoClean.exe' again.

This time select 'DLCNukaWorld.esm' and click 'OK'.


12: Wait.

When you see 'Background Loader: finished', close the program.


Done!
 

 

Launch the game to see if everything works
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If the game crashes, don't worry. It can happen at first launch after making changes, due to inconsistency between new files and cache.
Just start the game again and it should work just fine.

 


Proceed to Tweaks
Some changes still need to be made before the mods can work properly