I'm still not sure how my game ran back in 2012 when I originally got it, but I do recall being incredibly patient about the many (many, many) loading screens, which seemed to take several minutes per lot. That said, I don't remember lag of any kind when actually playing lots themselves, and the situation seems roughly switched now-- my lots load fairly quickly, but run horribly once I'm there. I've gotten a lot of funky comments about frame rate from computer friends...
But that's just a justification to post a full description of how exactly my game loads with nothing obstructing it. I've gone through all the compatibility-whatevers, I've loaded the things and modded the things and set DEP to How It's Supposed To Be, and I even restarted my computer and went through Task Manager to remove all the shit (Skype) that keeps opening itself (Skype) to run in the background (Skype) and take up all my disc space (just signed out of Skype, because unfortunately there is no option to just remove the darn thing because I'm running Win10.) I have ~5 GBs of CC (which I am working on, but have Compressed and Bulk Renamed already.)
I set a timer and double-clicked the start icon. It was time to wait, taking notes along the way.
01:00. No change. Starting to wonder if I clicked the icon, but not willing to click it again just in case.
03:30. Loud whirring noises emanating from computer.
03:45. Blue screen appears. The right size, but absolutely nothing displayed.
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