Skyrim: How To Transfer Saved Games Between PCs

Skyrim: How To Transfer Saved Games Between PCs

The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimDo you want to take your already established and built-up Skyrim character with you on your laptop or transfer the saved data to a new more powerful PC? No problem, let’s show you how it’s done.

Note: This only works on the PC version.

How To Transfer Skyrim Saved Games Between PCs


Make sure Skyrim is installed on both machines prior to transferring.

  • On the 1st PC navigate to MyDocuments → Games → Skyrim → Saves. Note: Your “Games” folder may be named ‘MyGames’ or something similar.
  • Copy the contents to a portable device (ie flash drive).
  • Paste the contents on the 2nd PC in the ‘Saves’ folder.

That’s all there is to it. Load up the game and you should have the saved content available.

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26 Responses

  1. Chief Geek says:

    @Brett – Double check that you’re pasting the saves in the correct folder. If Load is greyed out, then the game isn’t recognizing that saves exist in that folder.

  2. bgibson1976 says:

    I followed to steps to transfer my save files to my new pc but when I start Skyrim there’s no option to load or continue my saved game. Only option is to start a new game. The LOAD link is greyed out. I’m not sure how to fix this

  3. Alex B says:

    So i played Skyrim on my own computer and my friend invited me to play at his house. So i took my saves from my PC and pasted on his PC. We did this a couple times (Me going to his house and playing) but one day i did what i normally did, but when i started Skyrim (On his computer) it didnt show my saves. It still showed my old saves but not the saves that i just copy pasted from my USB. HELP, I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!

  4. Jojko says:

    Plese help me. It shows me “This save relies on content that is no longer present. Some objects may no longer be available. Continue loading?” If I choose Yes game is loading and then it quits.

  5. chief_geek says:

    @will – Glad we could help!

  6. will says:

    it worked, thanks a lot :)

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  8. chief_geek says:

    @edison – If you are transferring (moving) your Skyrim saves to a different PC, then you will need to paste the contents onto that PC. That’s what the 3rd step is referring to. Hope that clears it up, thanks for asking!

  9. edison says:

    I DID NOT UNDERSTAND YOUR 3RD STEP.

    THE 2ND PC THING -_-

  10. chief_geek says:

    @Dustynana – Red triangles on the game??

  11. chief_geek says:

    @skyrim cheats – Appreciate it, thanks for reading!

  12. Hey there, You’ve done a great job. I’ll certainly digg it and for my part suggest to my friends. I’m confident they will be benefited from this site.

  13. Dustynana says:

    i did this and now there are exclamation marks with red triangles everywhere.

  14. sssBOOM says:

    You can get your PC to do this for you with a little bit of work and Dropbox: http://sssboom.tumblr.com/post/17445532115/skyrim-saves-dropbox-windows

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  16. chief_geek says:

    Glad to help and thanks for letting us know you benefited from the info!

  17. Skyrim DLC says:

    Thank you so much. I have been search all over the internet trying to find out how to do this.

  18. chief_geek says:

    Glad the info was useful, thanks for commenting!

  19. Joe Schmoe says:

    Thanks for this. Its good to know that you can still get great info like this on the web.

  20. chief_geek says:

    @Sheffey – Thanks for the comment.. and the chuckle!

  21. Sheffey says:

    I thought Shadow was being sarcastic, but after a couple of minutes of digging around in my Steam folder, I tried chief_geek’s advice just for shits and giggles, and by God, there they were. Great tip!

  22. chief_geek says:

    @Shadow

    Glad the info helped!

  23. Shadow says:

    Thank you so much,couldn’t find this and I would have never thought to look in My Games…

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