The standard blocky, scrolling shadows are unattractive and distracting. Several resources advocate INI changes, but with little or no explanation for what they do, and I haven't seen any change anyway. I'm hesitant to try cranking up the quality, as well, because I'm playing on a laptop.
Or, if not possible to make them look pretty, is it possible to disable them entirely?
First of, any kind of graphical calculation depends entirely on your laptop's specs. Assuming that even cranked up to eleven they still look blocky to you, then there's not much to do. The only thing you can try is to reduce the effort in calculating those shadows, by not calculating as much. This is where some changes in the Skyrim's .ini files would come in, as they enable a more fine-grained control on the distances envolved.
I haven't played Skyrim for some time, so I can't verify the correctness of this next solution, but according to this it is possible to disable shadows by simply modifying all shadow rendering distances to zero.
Go to SkyrimPrefs.ini and modify the following entries. As stated, this will disable the shadow rendering:
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I have Utawarerumono English Patch on my Windows 7 64-bit Desktop PC, when i'm in the mission maps it's quite fast, one of the mechanics is that you can perform combos by clicking at the right time... key will just heal 1 HP which is just as useless EDIT: this is a screenshot on the ingame benchmark test as for the specs of my PC, i can't find the paper which has them all written down and i... at max settings minus anti-aliasing for shadows also, i know that it is more than the Battle Maps, after completing Normal last night the final scene which automatically plays while i was able to read all
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