The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition: How to Avoide the 2021 Anniversary Update

I will teach you how to avoide this update so your mods don’t break.

Note: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition is available now. For more information on the Anniversary Edition, visit this article here.


How to Avoide this Update so Your Mods Don’t Break

If your game already updated you can skip this guide and just downgrade your game Downgrader[]
1. Stop the update and close Steam.

2. Search for the steamapps folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps)

3. Go into the downloading folder and delete the folder 489830 (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\downloading)

4. Go back to the steamapps folder and look for “appmanifest_489830.afc” and open it with Notepad (recommend Notepad++)

Read carefully now

We need to change a few values inside the “appmanifest_489830.afc” you need to look for “StateFlags” and change the value to 4.
Change “BytesToDownload” to 0, “BytesDownloaded” to 0, “BytesStaged” to 0, “AutoUpdateBehavior”to 0 and “ScheduledAutoUpdate” to 0 aswell. Keep the file open we still need to modifiy a few values later.

6. Now it gets a litte bit complicated but I will try to explain the best as I can.
Now we need to find the right Build ID, LastUpdate ID and Depot IDs. You can find them here[]. Important: Should Bethesda decide to push another update you have to get new values again.

Go back into your appmanifest_489830.afc and change the “LastUpdated” Value and
“buildid” Vaule with new value from SteamDB.

Look for “InstalledDepots” there should be 3 Depots. You need to change the “manifest” values of them to the new values from SteamDB.

Save the “appmanifest_489830.afc” and set to read only. But keep in mind when a new Update gets released you have to do it again with new values.
If you find spelling mistakes pls inform me in the comments.
Thanks for reading.

Thanks to Happybus382™ for his great guide, all credit to his effort. you can also read the original guide from Steam Community. enjoy the game.

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