How to Fix a Driver Power State Failure Windows 10 Error

Fixing this BSOD error is simple

If you see 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 received a BSOD error but see a different blue screen error code, the error 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 a Windows 10 system goes into sleep mode while the device is in use.

Normally when this happens, Windows sends a command to the driver to wake it up. If the device driver doesn't respond in a certain amount of time, Windows 10 launches the blue screen window and restarts the system.

This error usually occurs when a driver is outdated or corrupted, or when installing a driver that's incompatible with the system. The most common drivers that cause this error are the graphics card and the Wi-Fi adapter.

A blue screen of death on Windows 10
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How to Fix a Driver Power State Failure in Windows 10

There are a few things that can cause this problem, but it's relatively easy to systematically troubleshoot and fix this error.

  1. Restart the computer. Sometimes, the Driver Power State Failure is caused by a temporary power glitch. If it only happened once, a restart could resolve the issue, and you may never see the error again.

  2. 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 the antivirus software, then rebooting the system.

    If the problem goes away, choose and install a different antivirus application for your system.

  3. Turn off power saving. The first thing you should do, especially if you recently installed or updated a new driver on the system, is to turn off power saving. This prevents the driver from going into sleep mode and causing the error. Specifically, search for the device in Power Options and turn it off. Also, go into Windows Adapter Settings and set both power settings to Maximum Performance.

    To do this, first boot into Safe Mode, and then reboot the system when you're done.

  4. Fix corrupted files. The Driver Power State Failure message is sometimes caused by file corruption of one or more device driver files. You can fix corrupt files by running an SFC scan on the system.

    Before running an SFC scan, back up your Windows system first. This ensures that if repairing any system file causes the system not to boot, you can safely perform a Windows 10 recovery.

  5. Revert to the previous driver version. If you recently updated any hardware drivers, especially for a 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 the system to see if the error goes away.

  6. Update device drivers. If you don't want to leave the power savings options turned off, update the device drivers. Many times, the Driver Power State failure is caused by either an outdated or corrupt driver, and updating to the latest version resolves the issue.

  7. Download and install the correct driver. Make sure you have the correct device driver for your system. Visit the device manufacturer's website and confirm that you downloaded the latest version of the driver. If the driver still doesn't work, contact the manufacturer's technical support for other options.

    When speaking with tech support, confirm that the driver software you have is compatible and tested with the Windows version you currently run. Ask about any known compatibility issues with recent Windows updates.

  8. Use driver updater tools. If you haven't installed any new hardware and you're unsure which device driver caused the problem, run a free driver updater tool. These tools determine if the correct and latest versions of all hardware drivers are installed on the system.