Excellent! My problem was indeed patience. It took roughly 15 minutes until anything popped up, but it did sure enough.
I've run into yet another problem now though. It says that I'm not able to install the operating system onto my SSD, which is installed, has over 40gb of free space. Is it because I have it installed as a "dynamic" drive? I can't think of any other possibility.
Once again, the tomshardware community never lets me down. thanks again all!