I'll try to consolidate my answer to some of the questions asked:
---Yes...Windows Update is up to date.
---I usually use Google Chrome but I have tried with both Chrome and IE11 with same problem.
---When I try to open Emby Server from the start menu, I see embyserver.exe briefly appear in my processes but it pretty quickly changes to embytray.exe.
In fact at that point, I usually end up with multiple embytray.exe processes showed running after that happens (I get multiple Emby icons in my system tray).
Then if I click on any of the system tray icons, a window opens but I get the local host refused to connect 8096 error....and that's where I'm stuck at.
---Luke...I do see Emby related errors in the Windows Event Log. It looks like there is a .NET Runtime error just preceding Emby error when I try to open Emby.
I have to figure out how to copy or save the event log so I can paste it here...stay tuned.