Is it possible to preload everything from the Driver disk (drivers, apps and recovery partition) for GU603HM (downloaded on this website) on windows installer media (or .wim file), effectively recreating OEM factory Windows image. I know this installs a lot of bloat, but its easier for me to trim the bloat than to troubleshoot 5 million issues caused by drivers from windows update or ASUS support site or the Driver disk installed after the completion of Windows install.
w/o the Notebook it is not possible for me to create a dump.
The issues your facing caused by different os version vs driver disc version, so not all would work perfectly.
But basically the support dvd is the best option you have.