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How To Fix Starfield Mods Not Working Issue (Vortex)

Can't start with the mods? Check out our guide on how to fix the Starfield Mods not working issue.

If you are facing the Starfield Mods not working issue, you cannot use or load any available Vortex mods from NexusMods. With Bethesda director, Todd Howard, confirming the in-game mod support, it’s a bummer that players are facing this issue. They can neither manually nor use the Vortex Mod manager to load any mods into the game. This issue might be due to the custom .ini files of Starfield failing to identify as well as modify with the game’s main executable file (.exe). But don’t worry as we have compiled some workarounds to resolve the Vortex mods not working issue in this game.

Fix Starfield Vortex Mods Not Working Issue

starfield vortex mods not working fix

Here are the best workarounds to fix the Vortex Mods not working issue in Starfield:

Check if the Mods Have Any Requirements

You can face this issue due to the lack of any required mod files in Starfield. As you head to the NexusMods, check if the loaded mods have any additional mods or required files to run. For that, check the description of your loaded mod on the site. If it does have any missing files, download (and install) them to resolve this issue.

Editing the StarfieldCustom.ini File

As it worked out for many players, you can edit the StarfieldCustom.ini file to resolve the mods not working issue.

  • For that, head to the main directory of Starfield. The default location or the path is as follows:
    • Documents\My Games\Starfield
  • As the file name is case-sensitive, ensure that it is named “StarfieldCustom.ini“.
  • Then, launch the StarfieldCustom.ini file using Notepad++ or simply Notepad.
  • Replace it with the following command text:
    • [Archive]
      bInvalidateOlderFiles=1
      sResourceDataDirsFinal=
  • Save the file and ensure that it’s not saved as a text file (.txt).
  • Also, head to the Properties and ensure it is set to Read-only.

Ensure that Mods are Saved Right

You can also face the Starfield mods not working issue if the loaded files are saved in the Steam folder. Due to that, the “.ini” files will fail to modify with the main executable file. So, paste all the mod files into My Games and the game’s main directory.

Enable the Hardlink Deployment in Vortex

The Hardlink Deployment method ensures that Vortex Mod Manager saves your mod files within the game’s main folder.

  • For that, you must launch the Vortex Mod Manager and head to Settings.
  • Then, select the Mods tab and choose the Deployment Method.
  • Enable the Hardlink Deployment to deploy your mod files correctly.
  • Finally, launch the game to check if your mods are loading and working.

That’s all about how to fix the Starfield Mods not working issue. If you found this guide helpful, check out our guides to find out if you should tell the cabinet, how to fix the Power from Beyond quest, and explore more Starfield Guides right here on Gamer Tweak.

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