The verdict: XI runs with no issues by itself. Just make sure you're logged in as the administrator and that you turned off User Account Controls.
XI's bastard child Windower is another story and crashes, but that will have to be resolved on the Windower forums, not here.
____________________________FFXI: Catwho on Bismarck. Once again a top bard on the server: Dardaubla 90 on 1/6/2014
FFXIV: Katarh Mest on Lamia - Member of The Swarm and the League of Extraordinary Crafters
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.