Some installs do appear to hang at various points - MS should let the user know exactly what is happening at all times during the install. Unfortunately, they don't and this will give the impression of a crash. I would try the install again (making sure you select format to clear out the previous partial install). If you are installing onto an HDD rather than a faster SSD then the install will be slow (even Win7). However, I've recently installed Win7 onto an SSD and also experienced considerable hangs.
If it still fails try re-downloading the ISO just incase the check has missed something. Some laptops are more customised than others but most should allow you to do this.