So either SDR just wasn't working out for you or you were instructed to completely uninstall a prior version before upgrading to a new one. Either way, please follow these instructions. SDR is a complex mod, and you could have some "leave behinds" if you skip any of the steps.

SDR should be uninstalled in two stages. First follow the pre-removal instructions, then follow the uninstall instructions.

Pre-Removal Instructions

There are two different sets of uninstall instructions, one for if you are uninstalling a pre series 6 version of SDR, and another if you are uninstalling from a series 6 or later version.

Instructions for Series 6 and later

  1. In the game, find a spot where your character is safe with no one else around. A player home or empty room in a house is best.
  2. Make sure you are not sneaking, moving, and have as few active magic effects as possible, especially Chameleon.
  3. Open the console (typically with the ` character)
  4. Type the following: startquest sdrQUninstall (it may also be sdrUninstall or sdrUninstallQ, depending on which version you are running.
  5. Hit enter, then exit the console
  6. A pop up message box will ask if you want to uninstall SDR. Click on the "Uninstall" option.
  7. SDR will revert all changes to Chameleon refraction, alpha value transparency and auto-nighteye features, as well as disable and restore any relevant settings that SDR may have changed.
  8. After it finishes reverting everything, SDR will automatically create a save game.
  9. Exit the game.
  10. Deactivate and uninstall the mod (see below)

Pre-series 6 Instructions

  1. In the game, find a spot where your character is safe with no one else around. A player home or empty room in a house is best.
  2. Make sure you are not sneaking, moving, and have as few active magic effects as possible, especially Chameleon.
  3. Save the game
  4. Exit the game
  5. Deactivate and uninstall the mod (see below)

Uninstalling Instructions

Depending on what version you have and how you installed it, please follow the appropriate Uninstalling instructions below:

Wrye Bash uninstall

  1. Run Wrye Bash
  2. Go to the installer tab
  3. Select the SDR package
  4. Right click, and select "uninstall"
  5. (optional) Right click, and select "delete" to permanently remove the file from the BASH installers folder.
  6. Unless you are planning on installing a newer version of SDR or any other mods, you should rebuild the bashed patch at this time, if you have one.
  7. Manually VERIFY the following OBSE plug-ins and .ini files were deleted, and if not, delete them:
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\SDR_obse.dll
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\sdr.dll
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\sdr.ini
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\sdr_default.ini
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\SwitchNightEye.dll * If not being used by another mod
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\SoundCommands.dll * If not being used by another mod
    Data\ini\SDR (entire folder)

Oblivion Mod Manager (OBMM) uninstall

  1. Launch OBMM
  2. Select the SDR package on the right and click on the "Deactivate" button
  3. (optional) Delete the SDR omod file from the OBMM\mods directory.
  4. Right click the SDR package on the right and select "Delete"
  5. Comfirm to permanently delete
  6. Manually VERIFY the following OBSE plug-ins and .ini files were deleted, and if not, delete them:
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\SDR_obse.dll
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\sdr.dll
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\sdr.ini
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\sdr_default.ini
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\SwitchNightEye.dll * If not being used by another mod
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\SoundCommands.dll * If not being used by another mod
    Data\ini\SDR (entire folder)

Manual uninstall

Delete any and all of the following files from your Data directory while the game is not running:

For series 9 files

You should be using Wrye Bash or Oblivion Mod Manager to do this. See above.

For series 8 files

  • SDR.esm
  • SDR_Nehrim.esp
  • SDR_Oblivion.esp
  • the "docs\Sneaking Detection Recalibrated" folder
  • (it may also be "docs\SDR")
  • the "ini\SDR" folder
  • OBSE\Plugins\sdr.dll
  • the "Textures\SDR" folder
  • the "Textures\menus\Icons\SDR" folder
  • Shaders\hdr.nighteye\sdr_*.pso
  • Shaders\nighteye\sdr_*.pso
    * note: delete all the .pso files with the "sdr_" prefix
  • RenGuardOverhaul_PatchForSDR.esp (if installed)

For series 6-7 files

  • SDR.esm
  • SDR_Perks And Patches [Nehrim].esp
  • SDR_Perks And Patches [Oblivion].esp
  • SDR_Detect Life Shader Patch [Nehrim].esp
  • SDR_Detect Life Shader Patch [Oblivion].esp
  • the "docs\Sneaking Detection Recalibrated" folder
  • the "ini\SDR" folder
  • OBSE\Plugins\SDR_obse.dll
  • the "Textures\SDR" folder
  • the "Textures\menus\Icons\SDR" folder
  • Shaders\hdr.nighteye\sdr_*.pso
  • Shaders\nighteye\sdr_*.pso
    * note: delete all the .pso files with the "sdr_" prefix
  • RenGuardOverhaul_PatchForSDR.esp (if installed)

For series 1-5 files

  • SDR_Core.esp
  • SDR_NPC Behavior.esp (for pre 4.5.0 versions)
  • SDR_Thieves Arsenal Patch.esp (for pre 5.0.0 versions)
  • SDR_Perks And Patches (Nehrim).esp
  • SDR_Perks And Patches (Oblivion).esp
  • the "docs\Sneaking Detection Recalibrated" folder
  • ini\SDR Core.ini
  • ini\SDR NPC Behavior.ini (for pre 4.5.0 versions)
  • ini\SDR Perks And Patches - Nehrim.ini
  • ini\SDR Perks And Patches - Oblivion.ini
  • OBSE\Plugins\SDR_obse.dll
  • Shaders\hdr.nighteye\sdr_*.pso
  • Shaders\nighteye\sdr_*.pso
    * note: delete all the .pso files with the "sdr_" prefix

3rd Party Pre-requisites

If you installed any of the following mods as a pre-requisite for SDR, and know for sure that no other mods are using them, you may wish to uninstall them as well:

  • Menu Que (series 9 and later)
  • Oblivion Reloaded (series 9 and later)
  • Enhanced Music and Control 2 (series 8 and later)
  • OBME Additions for SDR (series 7 and later)
  • Custom Spell Icons (series 6 and later)
  • Add Actor Values (series 7 and earlier)