I fixed this issue. I had the exact same problem. pretty sure its a launcher/ windows 10 issue. anyway I tried everything, moving academy to different HHD(pretty sure SSD has security issues that I don't care to screw with). Problem persisted on secondary drive, I ended up finding an old version of the launcher and tried that. it worked. everything installed, launcher updated and I am now playing the game. launcher started working after I manual installed.