Ok, so I've run into a very tricky spot:
Yesterday, I successfully resolved a windows update issue (thread can be found here: Unable to get any updates at all: Error 800f0900
Basically, one problem led to another and I ended up having to painstakingly transfer programs from my laptop to a flash drive and then to my desktop. When I finally found out what was the problem with my USB ports not working, I reinstalled the motherboard drivers
, and everything seemed to work fine--for the USB 2.0 ports.
Now the USB 3.0 ports aren't working and I have no idea why. I tried downloading intel's drivers from their site and no luck. I tried downloading from the motherboard manufacturer's site and no luck. So, I finally looked at the hardware/device manager: "Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)"