I'm wondering if the crashes might be related to sound cards..
Only way to confirm or debunk what i think is by all those with crashes, post if you have onboard sound or a dedicated sound card.
My reasoning for this is because, there was a game, which i cant remember the name of, that also had a similar crashing problem, and it was because of sound cards. only those with dedicated cards had the crashing problem. Might be completely unrelated, but, maybe worth looking at?