Necro’ing this thread rather than creating a new one, hope that’s okay!
It’s the time in my procession through my game library (which consists largely of ignoring 95% of the games in it!) that I have come back to Skyrim, or rather Skyrim SE (which uses different mods and has some the original doesn’t and vice-versa, though about 90% are the same).
I was actually extremely relieved to see the old mod management tool I used (NMM? Something like that) was outdated, and they had an entirely new tool, Vortex, which at least meant I could start over, rather than having to try and sort out what was installed and what not and so on.
And I was pleasantly surprised that mod’ing Skyrim is significantly easier than it used to be!
Vortex works as a hell of a lot better than NMM or the other, older mod managers I’d used. It does have a lot of steps - first you download all the mods, then you “install” them, then you have to enable them. As you enable them (preferably by having go them all ready and pressing “enable all”), it shows up all the conflicts, so you can go through and choose which one overwrites which. This saves a lot of headaches and finickity fiddling and so on! The only thing it seems to be (bizarrely) missing is an option to launch with the Script Extender - though maybe it does have that? Unfortunately the acronym is SSE - exactly like Skyrim Special Edition - so it’s unclear. Anyway I’m launching the script extender directly.
I also used LOOT, which sorts out the load-order of your mods. You can fiddle around with it, but it looks like the way it works it out is really good now.
So I have dozens of mods, and so far, so good! (Fingers crossed!) I’ve been running around a bit and it all seems to be working!