In today’s troubleshooting, we’ll be covering how to enable loose files in Fallout 4 so that you can play the modded game without issues. Loose Files are essentially the files that make up the game, such as textures, meshes, and sounds. Normally your computer is only able to read the information in these files when they are inside an archive like .bsa or .ba2. However, if you enable loose files your computer will be able to read the information in those archives as well as any loose file it can find in your Data folder.
The benefits of enabling Loose Files are numerous: it makes modding easier (you don’t have to worry about overwriting files with the same name), it reduces load times (because your computer doesn’t have to look through each individual archive every time it needs a file) and it allows you to use more mods at once (since they won’t fight over who gets to be on top).
They’re also a lot easier to install than other types of Fallout 4 mods, which is one reason why so many gamers prefer them. And if you don’t know how to enable loose files in Fallout 4, we’ll walk you through the process!
How To Enable Loose Files In Fallout 4
As mentioned before, Loose files are a type of file that is used in games like Fallout 4 and Skyrim, but they’re not like the other types of files. Because loose files are often placed in their own directory, they can be very hard to work with.
Also, in order to install mods, it is necessary to first configure some Fallout4 game files to allow modding, this ensures that the game will always fully support the mods you may have installed. Luckily, we’ve created a short guide on how to easily enable loose files in Fallout 4. Simply follow the steps below:
- Start by locating the Fallout4Prefs.ini file, which is usually found here: “C:\Users\PCNAME\Documents\My Games\Fallout4”
- Next, use a MO2’s INI Editor to edit the Fallout4Prefs.ini file.
- While on your keyboard, press Ctrl+F keys at the same time to bring up a search box. Enter [Launcher] into the Search box to look for the [Launcher] settings part in the text editor.
- Right below the [Launcher] section, paste this exact line: bEnableFileSelection=1
- Press File & Save to make the file save, and then simply exit the text editor.
After performing the steps above, you need again to Use a MO2’s INI Editor to access the Fallout4Custom.ini file. Once there, Place the following two lines at the bottom of the file:
Again, Press File & Save to make the file save, and then simply exit the text editor. Now the last thing you need to do would be to restart your PC and try to lunch Fallout 4 with mods. Hopefully, if you didn’t mess up the instructions above, you won’t be facing the Fallout 4 Enable Loose Files issue ever again.
In case you find these troubleshooting steps confusing or challenging, especially if you’re new to using PC mods. Here is a visual tutorial showcasing the exact steps to follow for you to enable modding in Fallout 4:
This marks the end of today’s troubleshooting, we hope you found it very helpful. If not feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to get back to you with a proper reply. Also if you’re in the mood to explore more Fallout 4 guides, here is a mini selection to help you with that:
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