manged to get the special K window to appear on start up after disabling the options listed on the wiki under common issues. But It still froze a few seconds after the point it would freeze without the fixes.
Then I waited for the game to load to its menu without global injection(skif) turned on.
Alt-tab to start global injection worked for the menu, but after trying to load a save it hangs in the loading screen at about the 75 to 80% mark.
any help would be appreciated.