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I Worked out a fix for my crash which happened after the Cinematic at the loading screen. I run Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit / 3gb Ram / Intel core 2 duo CPU T9300 @ 2.50Ghz 2.50Ghz / Nvidia Geoforce 8600M GT (its a laptop/notebook display driver)
I did a number of things people suggested 1. Changed Anti-aliasing on my Nvidia 3d settings to application controlled. 2. disabled family protection with start/run/services.msc 3. control panel/add-remove programs/ uninstall Windows live essentials/continue/family protection uninstalled. 4. went into steamapps/dow2/renamed DOW2.module **pre mods could screw up the game** 5. right click DOW2.exe /properties/compatibility/windows vista service pack 2/ also check run as administrator box. 6. opened steam/dow2 chaos rising properties/local files/verify integrity of cache to add a new DOW2.module
The 2 biggest things that made the change was prob the removal of Family protection and the replacement of the Dow2.module. But this is all the things i did to make it stop crashing.
It took me over 3 hrs of frustration because there was no Configuration.lau file in my documents/my games/dow2/settings. If you have the file people suggest opening the file with notepad and changing anti aliasing to 0