Arduino due port greyed out

Hello, I have seen several threads on similar topics, but none of their fixes have resolved this for me. I recently purchased an arduino due, and am trying to set up a DHT11 temperature station for it. It was in a semi-working state last night, but when i tried to update the sketch this morning, the tools>port option was greyed out. If i try to upload a sketch, it will say no device found on com6 (after IDE reinstall its now always com 1). Nothing was updated in the meantime that could have caused this. I have tried reinstalling the IDE, board manager, updating the drivers, and tried a few things in device manager since I couldn't see the com 6 port in there. The PC can still address my arduino uno just fine, and when i did a fresh install of the IDE on a PC which never had it before, the issue was not present.

Both PC's are running win 10.

Sometimes it helps before trying to upload a new sketch:

1/ Push the ERASE button of the DUE for 3 seconds
2/ Then push the RESET button for 3 seconds
3/ Sketch > Verify Compile
4/ Upload

I think i have somewhat resolved the issue. For whatever reason, the arduino IDE does not want to select a com port when the DHT11 is connected.

It has decided to unfix itself, same issue, only the previous fix of unplugging the dht11 no longer works. "no device found on com5"