Bethesda's approach to avoiding "latest patch does horrible thing," which is to publicly beta test its updates, is paying off. Skyrim
version 1.4.26 is now downloadable from Steam, and the general working theory is: if it breaks the game, it's almost
your fault for downloading it in the first place. (We jest!)
Bethesda warns that only players affected by the issues found after the break should download the update. Remember to back up any save files if you plan to go down the beta route.