How to disable shadows in Skyrim to boost FPS

So, if you followed our tips how to speed up Skyrim , you should also disable shadows in Skyrim to boost the FPS a little more.


disable shadows in skyrim

IMPORTANT: We are going to change the shadow resolution instead of disabling them, because some have reported that it can actually decrease FPS if you disable shadows

1. Step To do that, you would open the Windows Explorer (Windows key + E) and go to the following path:

C:\Users\(yourusername)\Documents\My Games\Skyrim

1.1 Copy the file SkyrimPrefs.ini to SkyrimPrefs.ini.bak

2. Step Open the ini file SkyrimPrefs.ini

Where are skyrim ini files located

3. Step Look for [Display] and you will see something like this:

iShadowMapResolutionSecondary=1024
iShadowMapResolutionPrimary=2048
iBlurDeferredShadowMask=3
iShadowMapResolution=2048

change the entries to

iShadowMapResolutionSecondary=512
iShadowMapResolutionPrimary=512
iBlurDeferredShadowMask=6
iShadowMapResolution=512

TIP: You need to play around with the settings. Some settings may work for some and not for others. If you want to completely disable shadows change the resolution to 0 and change the values for fInteriorShadowDistance=0
fShadowDistance=0

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2 Responses to How to disable shadows in Skyrim to boost FPS

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Nick said:

    Its better to turn them to 0

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Oliver Krautscheid said:

    Thanks Nick

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