i followed instructions. but bitshares is slow and keeps crashing
I have this problem too. It is not just you.
The problem is available free memory when it loads the blockchain. It must have 2-3gb of FREE memory. If the program does not have it all, it will hang and crash.
It is probably best to follow abits instructions, and reboot before #4 starting the client.
After rebooting, try this.
Check free memory in windows, by start\run taskmgr.exe
Check the Performance tab, under Physical Memory (MB) make sure you have Free 2500 or more.
Then start the client, and let it run with nothing else running.
It took me 2 tries today. The bitshares process used 2,131,100k memory while downloading the blockchain.