ok I bought the retail, got the update, and it runs much better (fewer crashes)
now i have the issue of everytime I play the first mission, I cannot find the teraforming equipment. I play the mission up until I have 4 ships (2 passenger, 1 cargo) and about 4 mil in cash.
(yes I've tried the supposed cheat 2x and nothing. still can't get to the second mission)