Anything that has at least 4 GB RAM and a dedicated graphics card should be fine. Of course 8GB RAM would be the best.
Try to avoid integrated cards, especially intel series 2000 - 5500 as those have big problems running the latest version. I haven't heard issues running with an intel 630 though for example so you could try your luck there, but as said a dedicated card would be best.
This happens when you clean the Zomboid folder since that info is saved there. As for the registry I am not really sure. It would need to be looked into for sure since some people have had the same problem as you. Though even in our testing we couldnt reproduce how it happens, the mod maps just load fine each time no matter what mods we enable or disable or what settings we change. So right now we are trying to find what can even cause that to happen.
I mean it's a laptop, and I can feel that isn't overheating. Here's an additional log file from about two minutes ago when the same problem occurred, and a picture of the speedfan reading. Also, I feel as though it is pertinent to mention that this only started happening about a week or so ago. Before that I could play the game for hours without having an issue.
Maybe this is not a bug but something to fix: every time i suffer an attack from crawling zeds on the ground they always just ruin the jacket.
I'm talking about crawling z's after tripping over windows or fences and not injuried ones who can't walk, these in fact if they it, always demage shoes or pants and never the jacket, as it should be.