Test Out the Beta Version of Skyrim Patch 1.4
Bethesda is working on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s next patch, 1.4, and you can be a part of testing it out right now. When the patch goes live, it’ll include the Skyrim Creation Kit: until then, it’s just a laundry list of bug fixes. Still, if you’re interested in checking out a Skyrim that might run better, you can opt in and try to update yourselves.
Fire up Steam and hit the “Steam” menu, then go down to “Settings” to find the opt-in control (it’s marked “Beta Participation”, toward the bottom of the screen). Click it to opt into the Skyrim beta and start downloading the patch. You’ll want to back up your saved games first, though.
You can check out the full changelog of what’s going into Patch 1.4 right here.