Chastity linked a convenient DVD image with all ASUS drivers ready to go on one disc: http://pcaudio.ath.cx/stuff/G73JH-DriverCD_Win7.rar
Burn and install only the drivers you want. I install very sparingly, since I don't like useless things getting on my drive and polluting my regisrtry with unremovable entries.
I Agree with you both, a full reformat/reinstall. My only hesitation is just reactivating. How annoying to even have this as a concern, $1300 later.... Stupid Asus, Sticker Prod key and Actual Install DVD Sleeve Prod key both don't work. They obviously installed a different version, or activated with a different key, maybe an OEM key.
I'd suggest you use ABR (Activation Backup and Restore), a utility that simply restores whatever activation Windows IS using. That's bizarre that they'd change your Windows license like that, but then.....they do a lot of bizarre things. 😞
So your basic approach right now should be:
- Get a Windows Installer and burn it to disc
- Download the drivers you're going to need (chipset, audio, video, ATK, USB 3.0, touchpad, WLAN, LAN)
- Get ABR and backup your activation
- Move any important data off the SSD (you're going to erase everything that's on there)
- Format the SSD
- Install Windows
- Install ONLY the basic drivers
- Restore your activation
Try that clean, basic set-up and see how it works.