Well, the time has come to make a decision. When I bought Skyrim, I knew I was going to get laid off, but then got a reprieve for 2 months, but now I got my final notice that I will be out of work in 2 weeks.
I have been running Skyrim v 126.96.36.199 since the 'Ninja' patch came out that made Skyrim need Steam to play the game. Before that, you did not need Steam, so that is how I play; No Steam and No Internet needed.
The thought was that at some point, if I had to get rid of my Internet to save money in bills, that I would update to the current version, and make it final that my Steam would play offline all the time. If I do log into Steam, the first thing it is going to do is update my game to the latest version, require I now have to use Steam, and the possibility of it crashing making the game unplayable.
Can you all tell me if this would work?
1) Do a complete backup of my computer and set a system save point.
2) Log into Steam, been months since this game has seen Steam, and allow Steam to update my Skyrim to the latest version.
3) Find a 'real' way of playing Skyrim in off-line mode that won't require an Internet connection in the future.
The above is the plan. Now, since I have read many threads on how Steam won't stay in off-line mode, or something gets corrupted, the game won't restart unless you log back into Steam online. Well, if I turn off the Internet, I won't be able to get back online to update/patch/fix the game to set it back to offline mode.
So my thought is, do the above. Then, if for some reason my Skyrim/Steam gets corrupted, or breaks in some way that won't let me back into it, I can copy my entire Steam/Skyrim directory from the backup; and go back to playing Skyrim v 188.8.131.52 that doesn't need to be online and doesn't need Steam. Would this work?
I ask if it will work, as I have never had to rely on a backup before, but this is different as I won't be able to play Skyrim if it needs to connect to Steam online in the future in order to fix.
Any thoughts on whether or not copying my whole directory could be brought back.
If that didn't work for some reason, would a system restore back to this date bring back the game in a working v 184.108.40.206 of the files?
My only other option is to just keep playing Skyrim v 220.127.116.11 for eternity and live with whatever things may be broke in the game that have now been fixed, or will be fixed in the future.
Thank you for any answers and comments