ASUS P8Z68V-LE mobo Windows 7 64-bit OS After an automatic Windows update where about 20 updates were installed my USB ports got weird. By weird I mean I use a USB keyboard and USB mouse and they work. However, none of my thumb drives, hub, SD card reader, and docked external HDD are recognized. All my Device Manager problems - exclamation points - are in the Disk drives section. I have mobo USB 2 and 3 ports in the back and front. None of them recognize any thumb drive or my Kingston USB SD card reader. I tried: Scan for viruses - none found Manually updating USB drivers in Device Manager (USB devices are listed by name) - no effect Rolling back any USB drivers in Device Manager -no effect Uninstalled USB devices and let Windows reinstall them and their drivers - no effect Download and install manufacturer drivers for devices - no effect or devices not seen by the manufacturer software (Kingston) Run MS Hotfix - no effect Update mobo BIOS and check settings - no effect (USB ports are enabled in BIOS) Uninstalling most recent Windows updates -no effetc (SP1 update wouldn't uninstall). This created all the "bad" restore points that pushed my good ones out of the queue The "unplug the PC" fix - no effect Edit registry to remove lower and upper limit values for the USB devices - no effect (restored registry values) I am sure it is a software/firmware issue because I was able to go back to an earlier restore point in the beginning of this problem and the USB ports worked as normal. However, some Windows updates must have already been downloaded because they installed at the next start up and I was back with non-functioning USB ports. I went back to the good restore point one more time and turned off the automatic Windows updates. Still, the updates installed on the next start up without asking to be installed. I tried to go back to an even earlier restore point, but there were none left. All the automatically created restore points pushed any "good" ones out of the queue. The ones that are left all have the "bad" USB issue. So, what can I do to get these USB ports working again?