Network Hardware not detected

I have an HP 8100 Compaq Elite running Win7 that just recently downloaded the update KB4088875 which made the NIC unusable saying no hardware is detected. 3 other machines had the same issue, but they had restore points so I rolled them back and everything is working. But one machine has no restore points. Steps taken:

1. Booted into safe mode and deleted update KB4088875. Restarted and still no network connectivity.
2. Went in Device Manager and uninstalled the unknown Ethernet connection, restarted and plugged Ethernet back in. Still no NIC detected.
3. Attempted to download correct driver from a different laptop, and then using a thumb drive to install it on the broken PC.
4. The PC failed to open the thumb drive due to the fact it doesn't have the appropriate driver...

Any ideas?
ebsadminAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have that update installed on my Windows 7 machine here and it is working fine (network and all)

Try update BIOS, Chipset and Video drivers, then try updating the Network card again.
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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
That is a known issue with KB4088875 and in fact MS actually stopped pushing that update.  The recommended "fix", not by MS since they are not officially acknowledging its an issue, is to uninstall that update.
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ebsadminAuthor Commented:
I've done that already and still having the same issue.
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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
There is also KB4088878 that could be causing it. Did you check for that one?

Also, MS released a VB script sometime ago for a similar issue that some people are claiming has worked in fixing the current issue for them.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3125574/convenience-rollup-update-for-windows-7-sp1-and-windows-server-2008-r2
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ebsadminAuthor Commented:
KB4088878 doesnt show installed on the PC
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ebsadminAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately that didn't work for me either.
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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
I have been trying to recreate the issue and have not been successful so I can not test any other solutions.  Hopefully someone else can jump in here and assist.
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nobusCommented:
can you do a system restore to a date it was ok ? that should help
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ebsadminAuthor Commented:
Thank you guys for your quick responses and suggestions. Mr. Hurst's idea worked for me. But the other two worked very well for other people, just not in my situation. Thanks again.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update and I was happy to help.
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