DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE is yet another Blue Screen of Death Error in Windows 10. BSOD errors are usually serious and can make windows users panic, however, the particular error we’re dealing with today isn’t much serious as other BSOD errors and can be fixed easily. 

Here, you’ll learn everything you need to about DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE in Windows 10 in order to troubleshoot it.

DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE is basically an error that is triggered as a result of the installation of an incompatible driver. When your PC goes into sleep mode while you’re using it, this error shows up. 

Windows sends a wake-up signal to the device when it goes to sleep mode and if the device doesn’t respond in time or doesn’t respond at all, Windows flags a Driver Power State Failure. It points to the fact that the drivers do not handle the power transition properly and ultimately a distinct blue screen with the message about DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE is displayed on the screen.



Like any other BSOD error, DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE is the result of problems with the driver too. If you’ve recently upgraded your computer to Windows 10 from previous OS versions, this is likely to happen. 

Drivers that were compatible with Windows 7 or 8 might not be compatible with windows 10 and can eventually lead to this error. DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE can be triggered by faulty power settings too.


3 Easy Methods to Fix DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE Error in Windows 10


If you get the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE ERROR in Windows 10, don’t stress a lot. This is relatively easy to fix. I’ve included 4 easy methods you can try to solve this problem. Work your way down until you find the solutions that work for you.


Uninstall Problematic Drivers in Safe mode

You can fix DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE by uninstalling recently installed drivers or just drivers that are being problematic in Safe mode. There are multiple different ways to enter Safe mode. I’ve included the easiest one among them.

How To Enter Safe mode

–Press the Windows + R key at once so you can open the Run dialogue box.

–Type in msconfig and then Press OK.

–Click on the Boot tab. Under the Boot options, tick on Safe boot and then Minimal and then Press OK.

–If you’re prompted with a question, choose the viable option.


Now your computer will boot up in a safe mode. Once you’ve entered the safe mode, follow these steps : 

–Right Click on My Computer tab and then click on Properties.

–Now click on Device Managers.

–In the new window, check if there are any yellow marks for any hardware device.

–If there’s any, right-click on the corrupted driver and then click on Uninstall.

–Now restart the PC.

–Open Settings and go to Update and Security.

–Click on Windows Updates and then Check for Updates.

Turn Off Power Saving

Since DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE can happen because of power settings, you have to toggle some of its settings and see if that fixes the issue. Follow these steps:

— Press the Windows + R simultaneously so you can open the Run dialogue box.

–Type in Control Panel and Click Ok.

–Sort by Small items and Go to Power Settings.

–Make sure Balanced (recommended) is selected and click on Change Plan Settings next to it.

–Click on Change advanced power settings.

–Go to the Wireless Adapter Settings and then scroll down to Power Saving Mode.

–Change the settings to Maximum Performance.

–Enlarge the PCI express and then Link State Power Management.

–Change the settings to Maximum Power Savings.

-Now Click on Apply and Restart your computer

Perform an SFC scan

In cases where DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE Error is caused by file corruption, SFC is the right fix. It scans for and fixes such files. Follow these steps to run an SFC scan:

–Press Windows + X key and Open Windows Powershell (Admin)

–When Command Prompt opens, type in sfc /scannow

–The scan will now start. It might take time so be patient.

If SFC Scan doesn’t help and you cannot fix the problem, Run DISM Scan instead. Follow these steps:

–Open Command Prompt as Admin like above

–Run the following commands

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /scanhealth

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

–Let the scan complete and see if the issue is resolved



I’m really hopeful the above-mentioned methods fixed your issue. If DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE Error exists even after all these troubleshoots, Do a system restore to a point where this error wasn’t a problem.


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