Hello, first thank you for being polite and explain your problem with details.
The options.ini file cant be causing that problem. if it was its fault the game would freeze with any map, no matter if there were AIs or no.
Did you try to run the same match in a different map? Some people have problems with some maps, they crash/freeze right in the start (usually related to the water of the game).
I recommend you try to run the same match in a different map and see what happens, also you should update the drivers of your Intel HD Graphics card, Nvidia graphics card and reinstall directx/Visual C++ redists.
As you are using a laptop, download your drivers from the official website (if its HP then HP drivers, if its MSI then MSI drivers, etc). If you already installed those drivers download the official one for your nvidia card from nvidia website. Also, the game doesnt recognise today's nvidias gfx cards, I am pretty sure its using your Intel HD (which should be more than enough to run this game, I use it to play), so you can check your nvidia control panel, search for "Most EA Strategy Games" and force it to use your nvidia (it's worth to try, maybe this can solve the problem).
What game did you install? Official one, online edition, or...?
PD: the problem you described seem to be with Visual C++ redists or drivers as I wrote, if you dont know what these redists are you can get some info and links from here: https://www.driverea...utable-package/
Download all of them an install them in year order (from 2005 to 2015). Dont worry if any of them tells you that your system doesn't meet the requirements or gives you an error, some of them can't be installed in some PCs.
I hope this can help you fix your problem, cheers.
Edited by tributoo2, 19 February 2017 - 01:08 PM.