Mod Organizer 2
In this step, we will install and configure Mod Organizer 2.
- Download Mod Organizer 2 from here.
- Once the download has finished, extract the archive anywhere outside of the default Windows folders (like
Program Files x86) and outside of the game's Root folder.
Example install path:
- Run ModOrganizer.exe inside the Mod Organizer 2 folder you extracted before.
- You will be prompted with a pop-up called Creating an instance, in which you should just select Next.
- On the next page, select Create a portable instance.
- On the next page, select Fallout 4.
- On the next page, keep the Location file path default.
If you have MO2 installed on an SSD or a HDD with little space, you can check the Show advanced options box and change the Downloads file path to a different drive with more space. This will not effect download/game performance, and the downloads can be deleted after the mods have been installed.
- On the last page, select Finish.
- MO2 will launch and prompt you with Show tutorial?, this is recommended if you never used the tool before.
- From the pop-up called Register?, select Yes.
- This pop-up will not show up if you have already registered a different instance of MO2.
- Open Windows Security.
- Open Virus & threat protection.
- Click Manage settings under Virus & threat protection settings.
- Scroll down and click Add or remove exclusions under Exclusions.
- Add a Folder exclusion and point it to the folder Mod Organizer 2 is in.
- Add another exclusion for your game folder (the game's root folder, not documents).
If you are using a third-party antivirus, you will need to find the exceptions menu and add those 2 folders mentioned previously.
- Select the X in the bottom right of MO2 to close the log window.
- Select the button at the top of MO2 to open the settings.
- In the Theme tab, you can select a different style of your choosing from the drop-down menu at the top.
- In the Nexus tab, select Connect to Nexus.
- This option will not show up if you have already connected your Nexus account on a different MO2 instance.
- Select the button at the top of MO2 to open the profiles menu.
- Select the Default profile, then select Copy.
- Name the new profile The Midnight Ride.
- Select the The Midnight Ride profile and make sure Use profile-specific Game INI Files is Disabled at the bottom.
You may get a pop-up called INI file is read-only when attempting to make/select a new profile. If so then select Remember my choice from the drop-down at the bottom then click Clear the read-only flag.
- Exit out of the profiles menu and select the The Midnight Ride profile from the drop-down above the left pane.
- Download BethINI,
- Extract the archive anywhere outside of the default Windows folders, such as
- Run BethINI.exe,
- Select a BethINI Optimized preset depending on your hardware (I recommend High for an average system, do NOT use Ultra. Lower-end systems can use Medium or Low), then do the following:
- Enable Recommended Tweaks,
- Enable Windowed Mode and Borderless,
- Set Anisotropic Filtering to 16x,
- Select the resolution you want to display the game in,
- Edit the other settings to your liking, such as the FOV value or if you want to have subtitles,
- Save and exit.
- Download the Custom INI.
- Head over to your Documents folder in File Explorer, then navigate to this path
My Games\Fallout 4
- Download and extract the archive, then paste the Fallout4Custom.ini file next to the other INIs.
If a mod is tagged it means that the mod may be performance intensive on lower-end systems. It can be skipped without any problems.When the guide says to install a mod, it will be formatted as follows: Main File - Example 1.5. This is referring to the mod's category on Nexus and file name.
The guide will list a mod's specific file name, category and version if you need to do more than just download the latest main file.
Standard mod installation procedure:
- Unless instructed otherwise by the guide, download a mod's latest main file using the Mod Manager Download button.
- Once the download has finished, open Downloads tab in MO2 (right pane, below executable selector).
- Double-click on the mod to install it.
- Enable the mod on the left pane.
If that is the case, do the following:
- Click the Manual Download button (or whatever the download button is for the respective site).
- Once the download has finished, click the button at the top of MO2.
- From the new window, navigate to where the file was downloaded to and double-click it.
- Finish the install as you would with a Mod Manager Download mod.
- You should select the Rename option and rename the mod to its respective file name, this will make MO2 install them as separate files for easier management.
- If you are updating from an old version of a mod, you should select Replace, this will automatically delete all the files from the old version of the mod and replace them with the ones from the new version.
- Merge should only be used when you are sure the mod will not be updated and in situations where a hotfix is uploaded as separate file.