Womex: I did sort of figure that even tho it was at 0% it was (obviously) still loading something but I am extremely impatient and figured that if it had files to continue loading it would say it still had files, so I let it frustrate me. Once when I got into the game, I did a run halfway through my open areas trying to rebuild my map structures hoping that would help but it didn't, so I went searching for answers. Luckily I found this place!
This is exactly what I needed and hopefully it does the trick. Something to note tho, I found out you have to make a fresh desktop shortcut. I initially tried changing the properties of my original desktop icon and it wouldn't let me. It kept saying that target was invalid. It was either because I had already used that shortcut to play the game or because I was trying to paste the entire line from your post into the Target area instead of just adding to it.
Once I created a new desktop shortcut and then added (rather than completely deleting and attempting to paste) just the -image, it took the change and began downloading.
Thanks so much for your very detailed directions! I am detail oriented and was thrilled to see such specific instructions!
Now, once everything downloads do I remove this shortcut, change the Target line back to the original or is it okay to just leave it as is?
Thank you 10x over!