Visual COBOL Installation Issues

Hi! I just installed Visual COBOL for Personal Use, and I cannot create a new project or open an existing one.  It just says "preparing project" and doesn't do anything else.

I have to ctrl alt delete and run task manager to get the program to stop.

 

I am currently using Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition version 15.7.4 & Visual COBOL 4.0 version Version 4.0.00243

I had a real bugger of a time trying to get this to install.  Once the Visual COBOL was installed, the only way I could get it to show up in visual studio is by following the directions on this web page:

https://www.microfocus.com/documentation/visual-cobol/VC30/VS2017/GUID-391926CC-0991-4E0F-B0F3-9249B0FDB691.html

 

Anyone know what can be causing the Visual COBOL not to work?  I've already tried uninstalling and re-installing both the Visual Studio and the Visual COBOL, and I am still getting the same issue.