I think Asus wont bother fixing it as it may be a Realtek issue, I did contact realtek personally over a year ago about a driver issue (unrelated) and I never got a reply, so.... I would not hold my breath...
I just updated to 2004 and after that, almost all my programs were starting very very slowly. I disabled Nahimic and magic! everything fixed. No more long delay when launching certain programs.