Mark Ingram, I got the fix from Nvidia, was shocked how fast they responded and we went over the issues, if anyone else has this issue in the future it can be fixed doing this. Anyone who owns an Nvidia graphics card needs to do this, right click on the home screen and choose Nvidia control panel, then on the left side under 3D Setting choose Manage 3D settings, then on the right side you will have two tabs, "Global Settings" and "Program Settings", choose the Program settings "as you can change the parameters for each individual programs", once you choose Program settings you will see programs installed on your computer, if you don't see the Affinity Photo software just click the tab that says Add, that's what I had to do, then once you are in the Affinity Photo software use these settings bellow. The Affinity Photo software works just fine now without having to use the command prompt.
Open NVIDIA Control Panel --> Manage 3D settings. b) Go to Program Settings tab. c) Add the .exe of the application clicking on Add button -> d) Now change the following - change the 'Power Management Mode' to 'Prefer Maximum Performance'. - Threaded optimization – off - Triple buffering – off - Vertical sync – off - Maximum pre rendered frames – 3 Now click on Apply and test the application
Note: Make sure you click apply after choosing each setting. I have included some pictures below.
Update: Rebooted my PC and the same issues are back, will update. Did a whole graphics card driver un-install and re-install with same issue, only works properly by launching the program via command prompt for now, by the way, what exactly is happening by launching the program via command prompt that makes the software work as intended, not a software developer by any means.