Some users are encountering the ‘Skyrim SE Error 193‘ error code when attempting to mod their Skyrim SE installation. This problem is confirmed to occur on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
After investigating this issue thoroughly, it turns out that there are a couple of different culprits that might cause this particular error code. Here’s a shortlist of potential culprits:
- Outdated extraction software – Some affected users were able to fix this problem after realizing that their default extraction utility ended up corrupting certain mod files. Most of them have managed to fix this issue by making the switch to 7Zip (instead of using WinZip or WinRar).
- Missing admin access – As it turns out, this error code can also pop up if the main program you’re using to install mods doesn’t have admin access to make the necessary modifications to the main game or associated dependencies. In this case, you will be able to fix the problem by forcing the Mod Organizer utility to open with admin access.
Method 1: Using 7 Zip to unpack the mods
According to some affected users, this problem can occur due to an inconsistency with the unpacking software that you use when you extract the contents of the mode you’re trying to install or Skyrim SE.
In most cases, the issue will end up being caused by an older WinRar or WinZip installation that ends up corrupting some of the files inside the mob folder.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, you should start by using a 7Zip to extract the contents of the archive instead of the tool you were using before. Several affected users have reported that they managed to fix the issue by installing 7 Zip and using that to extract the mod that is about to be installed on Skyrim SE.
Here’s a quick guide through the entire process:
- Open your default browser and access the official download page of 7Zip and click on the download button associated with the Windows version that’s compatible with your computer.
- Once the download is complete, double-click on the installer and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation of 7-Zip.
- After the installation is complete, reboot your computer, then right-click on the mod archive and choose 7 Zip > Extract Files (or Extract Here).
- Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the extraction, then install the mod normally and see if you’ve successfully avoided the Skyrim SE Error 193 error code.
If the same problem is still occurring, move down to the next potential fix below.
Method 2: Opening MO2 launcher with Admin Access
According to some affected users, this problem can also occur if the Mod launcher you’re using to install & apply the mods (most likely Mod Organizer 2) doesn’t’ have admin access.
If this scenario is applicable, you should be able to fix the issue by forcing the Mod Launcher app to run with admin access. To do this, right-click on it and choose Run as Administrator from the context menu.
Once you’ve ensured that the Mod app is installed correctly, apply the mods as instructed in the dedicated guide and see if the problem is fixed now that the mod app has admin access.