Fix The Elder Scrolls: V Skyrim Failed To Start (error code 51)

Do you get the error code 52 when you try to start The Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim? If so, here’s what you can do.


the elder scrolls v skyrim failed to start error code 51

Disable F-Secure Anti-Hijack + Airfoil

The problem “The elder scrolls: V Skyrim failed to start” will appear if you are using programs that interfere with Steam. Make sure to temporariyl disable security tools.

Solution Disable or remove Airfoil and F-Secure

Clean steamapps folder to fix error code 51

Clean your steamapps folder to fix error code 51

1. Step Go to C:\Program Files\Steam\
2. Step Right-click on steamapps and rename it to steamapps.bak
3. Step Restart Steam
4. Step Re-download Skyrim

Verify Steam Game Cache Integrity to fix error code 51

We have a tutorial that explains how to verify the integrity of your Skyrim game cache. Follow it:

How to verify game cache files


Disable Programs That Interfere With Steam

According to Valve, there are some programs that may interfere with Steam and can prevent that games work properly. Check the list below and see if any of them are running on your PC. Try to disable them temporarily.

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=9828-SFLZ-9289

  • Avast!
  • AVG Anti-virus *
  • BitDefender
  • F-Secure
  • Iobit Advanced System Care *
  • Kaspersky Anti-virus
  • McAfee Anti-virus
  • Nod32 Anti-virus *
  • Norton/Symantec Anti-virus
  • Panda Anti-virus
  • Threatfire
  • Trend Micro
  • VIGuard Anti-virus
  • Anti-Spyware Applications
  • Ad Aware
  • CA Pest Patrol
  • PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus (may need to disable Full-Screen detection in the Advanced settings)
  • Spybot Search & Destroy
  • Spycatcher Express
  • Spyware Terminator
  • Webroot Spy Sweeper *
  • Firewall/Security Applications
  • CA Internet Security Suite
  • Comodo (With Portal 2 running the firewall in Defense+ in training mode allows the game to run)
  • CYBERsitter
  • ESET Smart Security
  • Netlimiter
  • McAfee Personal Firewall
  • Nvidia Network Access Manager/Firewall *
  • Nvidia ForceWare Intelligent Application Manager
  • Outpost Firewall (Disabling System Guard under Proactive Protection allows Portal 2 to run)
  • Panda Internet Security
  • Peer Guardian
  • PeerBlock
  • Tiny Personal Firewall
  • Verizon Internet Security Suite
  • Zone Alarm
  • Constant Guard by Comcast
  • Online Armor
  • Other Applications
  • IOBit Advance System Care
  • Airfoil
  • Alcohol 120%
  • AOLacsd.exe (AOL connection driver)
  • ATI Hotkey Poller
  • ATI Tray Tools
  • BitTorrent/uTorrent (all clients)
  • Creative Software (Alchemy, MediaSource 5 on Asus G60VX models specifcally)
  • Catalyst AI
  • Daemon Tools
  • Download Accelerators (all clients)
  • EVGA Precision
  • Garfield Daily Desktop Comic
  • GhostSurf 2007
  • Google Toolbar, Google Updater
  • GSC
  • Hamachi
  • HotSpot Shield
  • iZ3D DirectX injection
  • K-Lite Codec Pack
  • LimeWire, BearShare or other Peer 2 Peer applications
  • LogMeIn
  • Microsoft Screen Magnifier in Windows 7 (magnify.exe – may cause in-game cursor issues)
  • MSI Afterburner
  • nProtect GameGuard *
  • PC Time Limit
  • Skype
  • Slysoft AnyDVD
  • StarDock KeepSafe
  • SteamWatch
  • iolo System Mechanic
  • TeamSpeak (can lead to mic issues)
  • Total Recorder
  • Tuneup WinStyler Theme Service
  • UPEK Protector Suite
  • Ventrilo (can lead to mic issues)
  • VirtuaGirl 2
  • Western Digital Backup Anywhere
  • Whitesmoke Translator (may cause the Source engine to crash)
  • WindowBlinds
  • Xfire

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2 Responses to Fix The Elder Scrolls: V Skyrim Failed To Start (error code 51)

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    ksustuey said:

    I ran into a conflict with Airfoil and Skyrim if “Instant On” is used in Airfoil. If you set Airfoil to “Instant On” in the Preferences – Extra tab it will cause problems.

    To fix: I added SkyrimLauncer.exe and TESV.exe to the Exclude List and it fixed the problem.

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    elin said:

    i can´t change the folders name. what should i do?

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