Witcher 3 GOTY v1.32 CTD [Steam, no mods, verified]


I recently purchased The Witcher 3 GOTY edition on Steam and I am experiencing frequent crashes (every approximately ~5 minutes)
The most recent crash log is attached, but the main line is:
Crash reason: EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION (3221225477), Error reading location 0x92c015ac

My specs are:
Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Intel Core i3/i5/i7 @ 3.40GHz
    Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
    Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd. Z68X-UD5-B3 (Socket 1155)
    DELL U2718Q (3840x2160@60Hz)
    3071MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti (Gigabyte)
    111GB OCZ-VERTEX3 ATA Device (SSD)
    465GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKX-001CA0 ATA Device (SATA)
    931GB Seagate ST1000DM010-2EP102 ATA Device (SATA)

I have:
  • not installed any mods and have never used any in the past.
  • not over or under clocked any part of my PC
  • verified the games files with Steam
  • run DDU and downgraded my driver to 399.24 (I have also tried 385.69, 378.78 and 465.89 all downloaded from NVIDIA)
  • tried running the game in Borderless Windowed and Fullscreen, both crash
  • turned off FPS limiting
  • referred to: https://support.cdprojektred.com/en/witcher-3/pc/sp-technical/issue/992/my-game-crashes-4
  • Installed the game in a non Program Files directory on a HDD (I do not have a spare SSD):
    Z:\SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\The Witcher 3
  • Closed all non-essential programs besides The Witcher 3

Any tips or help would be appreciated as I would love to play this game!


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