See attachment. It looks like E:/Content folders for Daz IS the place that DIM places it’s unpacked contents on the installers. Otherwise, what am I looking at here?
OK, let me take a stab at this.
Back to basics. There are TWO directories that are required. The first is the directory that DIM downloads to and installs from - I call it the ‘download/install’ directory. The second is the directory that Studio expects to find the content in - the ‘content’ directory. These should NOT be the same.
So - pick a directory for DIM - I’m a firm believer in simple is better, so I would suggest E:\DIM\Downloads. You can move the installers you’ve already downloaded into this (everything that starts with IM in your snapshot).
Then you need a directory for the Studio content. Historically this was called ‘content’ for DAZ Studio and for Poser it would have contained the ‘runtime’ directory. Current Studio terminology calls this ‘My Library’. For starters, then, I would suggest ‘E:\Studio-4\My Library’ as the directory. Configure DIM to use this as the ‘install to’ directory in DIM.
Start by installing the Genesis Starter Essentials to this directory with DIM. Then start Studio. Click on the ‘Content Library’ tab, then click on the little box near the top right with the small triangle and horizontal lines in it. Then click on ‘Content Directory Manager’ about half-way down on the menu.
Click on the ‘DAZ Studio Formats’ line and then click on ‘add’; browse to the ‘E:\Studio-4\My Library’ directory, highlight it, and click on ‘OK’. Then click on the ‘Poser Formats’ line and then click on ‘add’; browse to the ‘E:\Studio-4\My Library’ directory, highlight it, and click ‘OK,
Then click ‘accept’ at the bottom of the pane.
Now shut down DAZ Studio and restart it. You should be able to see the Genesis Starter files in the ‘smart content’ tab at this point.