Well, finally got my registration key accepted, game patched, all ready to go. Now I'm getting random video issues. I get artifacts, color shifts, missing text, flicker, you name it, all during character creation. I'll get the message video driver nvlddmkm stopped working and recovered multiple times and finally at some point the thing hangs while the music continues to cheerfully play.
Not an auspicious start.
edit: big duh for me. System.
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz
4 Gigs memory
Vista Home Premium 32 bit
680i - 2 nVidia GeForce 285 GTX