I'd like to clarify some of your concepts, because they are not accurate.
You wrote "This is not a Windows issue, more a Punch issue not working with Windows. Windows 10 and Punch Design Prem. vs 17 both have been out for a while. Seems like by now Punch would have an update fix to make compatible with Windows 10." => although you just bought it, Punch Premium V17 is an old program (it was released in 2012). It was followed by V17.5 (2013), then 17.7 (2014) and the current version, V18 released by the end of 2015. Now, according Microsoft, the consumer release of Win 10 was on July 29, 2015. So I can't see why / how a discontinued program released in 2012 should be compatible with an OS released 3 years after the program.
Although you are sure that it not a Windows issue, I disagree. I believe that perhaps it is a compatibility issue.
1 - Check this article => it is for Win 8 (the OS at the time), but it may help: http://support.encore.co..._id=1645&product_id=2870
2 - Try to run the program in compatibility mode
3 - Check the version number of your Punch program => How to find the Program Name and Version Number => if your program is version 17.0.0. => use this update http://patches.punchsoft...scape_Premium_1700a.html
4 - As you probably know, this Forum is user to user (I am a Punch user like you) so we don't deal with hardware, Windows or patches issues because we can't evaluate your computer conditions.
Please, contact the technical support so they can check the issues in your computer, installation, patches, etc as well as they will check your system, limitations, etc..http://support.encore.com/
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