Software & Apps Windows How to Fix a Driver Power State Failure Windows 10 Error Fixing this BSOD error is simple By Ryan Dube Writer Ryan Dube is a freelance contributor to Lifewire and former Managing Editor of MakeUseOf, senior IT Analyst, and an automation engineer. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Ryan Dube Updated December 26, 2019 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email If you're getting a blue screen of death on your Windows 10 system and the error at the bottom reads DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE, you'll need to try a few things to resolve the issue. BSOD errors can be common on Windows computers. If you're received a BSOD error, but you're seeing a different blue screen error code, the error you're experiencing may differ from the one covered in this article. Cause of Driver Power State Failure in Windows 10 The Driver Power State Failure usually occurs when a device driver on your Windows 10 system goes into sleep mode while you're using the device. Normally when this happens, Windows will send a command to the driver to wake it up. If the device driver doesn't respond in a certain amount of time, Windows 10 will launch the blue screen window and restart your system. grebeshkovmaxim/Getty Images This error usually starts occurring when your driver is too outdated, corrupted, or you've installed a driver that's incompatible with your system. The most common drivers that cause this error are the graphics card and the Wi-Fi adapter. How to Fix a Driver Power State Failure in Windows 10 There are a few things that can cause this problem, but it's fairly easy to systematically troubleshoot and fix. Restart your computer. Sometimes, the Driver Power State Failure is caused by a temporary power glitch. If it's only happened once, a restart could resolve the issue and you may never see the error again. Disable antivirus software. Sometimes, antivirus software can interfere with Windows system files and cause the Driver Power State Failure. You can test if this is the case by disabling your antivirus software, then reboot your system. Disable Norton AntivirusDisable Avast AntivirusDisable McAfeeTurn off Windows Defender If the problem goes away, then choose and install a different antivirus application for your system. Turn off power saving. The first thing you should do, especially if you've just installed or updated a new driver on your system, is turn off power saving. This will prevent the driver from going into sleep mode and causing the error. Specifically, search for your device in Power Options and turn them off. Also, go into Windows Adapter Settings and set both power settings to Maximum Performance. You'll need to do this first by booting into Safe Mode, and then rebooting your system once you're done. Fix corrupted files. The Driver Power State Failure message is sometimes caused by file corruption of one or more of the device driver files. You can fix corrupt files by running an SFC scan on your system. Before running an SFC scan, it's always a good idea to back up your Windows system first. This will ensure that if repairing any system file causes your system not to boot, you can safety perform a Windows 10 recovery. Roll back to previous driver version. If you've recently updated one of your hardware drivers, especially for your Wi-Fi or graphics card, that is the most likely cause of the error. Try rolling back the driver to the previous version, then restart your system to see if the error goes away. Update device drivers. If you don't want to leave your power savings options turned off, you can try updating your device drivers. Many times the Driver Power State failure can be caused by either an outdated or corrupt driver, and updating to the latest version will resolve the issue. Make sure you're running the correct device driver for your system. Visit the device manufacturer's website and confirm you've downloaded the latest version of the driver. If the driver still doesn't work, contact technical support with the device manufacturer for other options. When speaking with tech support, confirm that the driver software you're running is compatible and tested with the version of Windows that you're currently running. Ask about any known compatibility issues with recent Windows updates. Use driver updater tools. If you haven't installed any new hardware and you're unsure which device driver is causing the problem, you can run free driver updater tools to check that you have the correct and latest version of all drivers for all hardware on your system.