my personal sequence on one of my win7 64bit systems is
1 start impulse
2 check for updates
3 then see new patch for elemental is out
4 then test the update to the new patch, if size during download is over 50mb , cancel,
5 click on blue stardock button, then remove the tick from 'show pre-release software'
6 hold down shift key on keyboard while right mouse clicking on elemental, then left click on verify installation in the rightclick menu
7 when instaltion has verified as wrong and offers a update to latest release(not beta) typically 40mb
8 install update
9 after update is installed click on blue stardock button and tick 'show pre-release software'
10 impulse shows update to latest beta
11 download and install update (typically 40-50mb)
12 close impulse
13 start elemental create a new game with my custom sov & race on megamap (with a modified special line to 0 so that resources WILL spawn) and each of the ten factions at different levels, but the world at normal, then play until crash (or in theory win but has not happened yet)
14 post about the crash & upload the zip with all the my games/elemental folders other than maps & screenshots & dxdiags
15 depending upon time of day either load elemental again and load save game OR if late & tired go to bed