For those who have had this experience and have given up. Here is my solution for this platform:
Hardware: Surface Pro 3
OS: Windows 10
After installation it was stuck in “Starting Cardano node”, the orange button link that appeared after a minute was very helpful: https://iohk.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360035654533-Daedalus-Hangs-on-Starting-Cardano-Node-screen-Windows-
I followed the advice for the “Starting Cardano node”, but found that in the Environment variables there was already a statement “%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem”. At first I ignored it not being sure about removing it and causing unexpected problems and so, just added the recommended statement “c:\windows\System32\Wbem”. After rebooting the computer and restarting the Daedulus Wallet, it still hung at the same point “Starting Cardano node”.
After frustrating several attempts by both rebooting the computer or restarting the Daedelus Testnet wallet (agreeing with Einstein: “sign of insanity is when repeating the same thing and expecting a different result”), I decided to brave it and go back into the Environment variables and deleted the “%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem”, and then rebooted the computer. When I started the Daedelus wallet, it loaded straight into the create /restore screen.
However, it also behaved like those experiences above sync going backwards from 95% to 93%!!! It was fortunate the feedback on this Forum was there, I would have freakout!
So I closed the app and restarted it and it worked without further problems.
Conclusion: Smart move by the Project Teams to have this first snapshot! This would have been a disastrous Customer Experience if it had been on the mainnet. So a great opportunity to get the fixes. Otherwise, really straightforward.
Thanks Team…whats next??