No Magic In A Knight's Tour
The operating system should be fault tolerant and not fail when a foreign(read: third party) application does some unexpected behavior.
For the most part, modern windows does not crash and burn when a third party userland application does stuff. There are certainly the occasional bug and wierd corner cases, but those are to be expected in any software system that was not designed to be proven correct.
However, if a driver has bugs there really isn't much the OS can do. A driver is sitting there in kernel space, and if it starts writing to random locations in memory or other funkiness it will bring down the box; this is true in most every operating system. Microsoft can not really be blamed for bad third party drivers when they misbehave.