Thanks. And yes you shouldn't need to do this each time. At a quick guess, something in either your firewall or antivirus is blocking the updates. Removing and re-adding the game and launcher to your exceptions for both may help.
As for getting things running when you have Main Assets freezing partway, there's quite a few steps to be fully thorough. Please double check that (if you have it installed on your machine) your Java is up to date.
Then, ensuring that you have the launcher closed and gone from your Processes list in Task Manager, delete the following files:
- "Patch" folder
- "Patcher_-1toXX" or similar folders
- "assets_swtor_XXX_XXX" or similar folders (do not delete the folder named "Assets")
- "Patcher.version" file
- "Launcher.settings" file
- "Launcher.exe" file
Then download the setup file from www.swtor.com/download and run this over your existing install.
Once this has completed, please restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, and let it patch.
Thanks for the help Bioware, I had the same problem. But its fixed now.