Hurray! The desktop shortcut now works (and it was pretty ridiculous that it didn't in the first place). Seriously though, there are some nice fixes in those patch notes and at least we didn't have to wait too long for it. I'm going to try that CPU rebalancing command to see if it improves performance in towns for me. The game is about 99.5% smooth for me with the odd split-second hiccup or stutter from time to time, usually when traversing the landscape at speed on horseback otherwise it is runs great.