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Mod Organizer 2

In this step, we will set up Mod Organizer 2 and INI files.

What is Mod Organizer 2?

Mod Organizer 2 (MO2) is an open source game mod manager, mainly used for Bethesda games. Its main features are:

Why Mod Organizer 2?

Mod Organizer 2 has been chosen for our guides due to its ease of use and its ability to keep the game's folder clean. This is important because it allows for easy conflict resolution and mod management, and makes correcting mistakes trivial - installed mods in the wrong order? Just drag them into the correct position!

Compared to Vortex, MO2 doesn't hide the most important parts of modding from the user, making it easier to understand what is happening and why, albeit at the cost of potentially looking scary at first.

That said, we are well aware that MO2 is not perfect, and it has its own set of issues and limitations, but it is the best tool for the job.

Installing Mod Organizer 2

  1. Download Mod Organizer 2 from here.
  2. Once the download has finished, run the installer.
  3. Accept the license, click Next.
  4. When asked about the install location, change MO2 to The Best of Times and click Next.
    Change folder name to The Best of Times
    If you wish to install Mod Organizer 2 in a different location, you can do so by clicking the Browse button and selecting a different folder.

    The folder MUST be outside of the default Windows folders (such as Program Files x86) and outside of the game's Root folder.

    It's discouraged to store MO2 on Desktop or Documents if you use OneDrive or similar cloud providers, due to potential issues and degraded performance.
  5. On the install components page, use defaults.
  6. When asked about the Start Menu folder, change the name to The Best of Times and click Next.
    Change the name to The Best of Times
  7. Don't create a Desktop shortcut - we will create our own later.
  8. On the final page, click Install.
  9. Once the install is complete, ensure that Launch Mod Organizer is ticked and click Finish.

Configuring Mod Organizer 2

  1. On the instance creation page, select Create a portable instance, click Next.
  2. Select Portable Instance option
  3. Select TTW, click Next
  4. Select the store where you bought the game, click Next
  5. When asked about profile settings, enable all options and click Next
  6. Keep the default Location file path.
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.
  1. On the last page, select Finish.
  2. MO2 will launch and prompt you with Category Setup, select Do Nothing.
  3. If you see a pop-up called INI file is read-only, select Remember my choice from the drop-down at the bottom then click Clear the read-only flag.
  4. If you see a pop-up called FalloutNV_lang.esp was found, select Yes.
  5. If you see a pop-up called Register?, select Yes.

Setting Up Plugins

  1. Once Mod Organizer 2 has loaded, right-click in the right pane and select Enable all.

Configuring Settings

  1. Select the X in the bottom right of MO2 to close the log window.
  2. Select the MO2 settings button at the top of MO2 to open the settings.
  3. If you wish, you can select a different Theme.
  4. In the Nexus tab, select Connect to Nexus.
  5. Connect to Nexus
This option will not show up if you have already connected your Nexus account on a different MO2 instance.
  1. MO2 will open your browser and prompt you to authorize the connection.
  2. Once you authorize it, you can close your browser and of the MO2 settings.
  3. Allow MO2 to restart.

Configuring Game's Settings

  1. Launch the game launcher using the Fallout Launcher option in MO2.
  2. Run the launcher through MO2
  3. Inside the launcher, click Options and do the following:
    1. Select Ultra Preset.
      If you have a very weak PC, you can select Medium Preset instead.
    2. Set Resolution to your monitor's native resolution.
      Launcher's resolution list can be pretty limited - if your resolution is not present, you can set it manually by following these steps:
      1. Click the MO2 INI button button at the top of MO2 and select INI Editor.
      2. Select the FalloutPrefs.ini tab.
      3. Change following settings in the Display section:
        iSize W = your screen width
        iSize H = your screen height
  4. Close the launcher.

Mod Installation Instructions

When the guide says to install a mod, it will be formatted as Main File - Example 1.5, this is referring to the mod's category on Nexus and file name.

Unless otherwise specified, you will always use Mod Manager Download.

Download example

Standard mod installation procedure:
  1. Download the indicated file(s).
  2. Open the Downloads tab in MO2 (below the executable selector on the right).
  3. Double-click on the mod to install it.
  4. Enable the mod on the left pane by ticking its checkbox.
Sometimes, a mod will not have a Mod Manager Download, or will be hosted on a site other than Nexus.
If that is the case, do the following:
  1. Click the Manual Download button (or whatever the download button is for the respective site).
  2. Once the download has finished, click the MO2 archive button button at the top of MO2.
  3. From the new window, navigate to where the file was downloaded to and double-click it.
  4. Finish the install as you would with a Mod Manager Download mod.
When downloading multiple files from the same page, you will be prompted with a box in Mod Organizer 2 with the options Merge, Replace and Rename.