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Remember that if you are using the USB 3.0 ports, Windows® 7 will not recognize the devices connected to that port. If you use the USB 2.0 ports do you get the same behavior?
Any further questions, please let me know.
Try different (black) USB 2.0 ports on the board's back panel. Again, the Windows 7 installer does not have support for USB 3.0 ports built-in (USB 3.0 did not exist when Windows 7 was released). You must use USB 2.0 ports until you get Windows installed and the USB 3.0 driver loaded.
Hope this helps,
Scott - The USB keyboard and mouse are both USB 1.1, which I believe should work in a USB 2.0 port, correct? I have tried different ports on the back and front, but, none work. They work in the BIOS setup and in DOS to choose, for example, Safe Mode. Just wanted to reiterate that this is not a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium OEM. I did a sysprep on the drive that already has that operating system on it. Don't really want to reinstall all those programs. However, I'm sure I've spent way more time on this than a clean install would have taken.
Scott - Also, I'm thinking it might be a driver problem. It would be helpful if someone could advise on how to add drivers during Windows setup that are on a DVD disc or a USB drive. I have the DVD that came with the mobo and I've downloaded USB 3.0 drivers from Intel's Support website. I've tried using Acronis's Universal Restore, but, that didn't work.
Well, of course it's a driver problem. The question is why you have one. USB 1.1/2.0 drivers are built into Windows 7 and should activate automatically. I am not very conversant with the SysPrep tool, but I didn't think that it affected device enumeration or driver activation.
At this point, I am thinking that what you should do is use an alternate HDD and attempt a normal installation and see what happens (i.e. whether keyboard works) when you reach the drive selection scene...