How To Fix DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE Blue Screen Of Death Error

BSOD (or Blue Screen Of Death) is an error that appears on a blue screen and usually indicates that the operating system is experiencing a system crash. It is not always as serious as it may seem, depending on the error code. The error usually prevents Windows from starting, but this is not always the case. Simply restarting the computer can remove the error, but this is not necessarily a solution and the blue screen problem might return.

You might have experienced the blue screen of death with a specific error called "DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE". This usually appears when the computer is put into sleep mode and is subsequently reactivated (woken up). There could also be other reasons for this problem. Generally, this error notifies you that there are problems with drivers: installed drivers are incompatible or not working properly. A device driver is software that informs the operating system and other software how to interact with particular hardware. It is rather like a translator between software and hardware, since they often are created by different manufacturers, companies, or people. The driver facilitates smooth communication between hardware and software. In most cases, computers are unable to send and receive data correctly without drivers. If the appropriate driver is not installed, the device might not function properly (if at all) and give various blue screen of death errors, including DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE.

Fortunately, it is possible to fix BSOD errors. In this guide, we outline various methods to update or reinstall drivers, or to adjust power settings. Read the guide below and follow the steps to fix DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE in a few simple steps.

NOTE: If the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error prevents you from starting Windows, you must boot Windows into Safe Mode with Networking. Read this guide and use the "Interrupt Windows Boot Process" method. Then, start Windows in Safe Mode with Networking from there.


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Update Drivers

As mentioned before, the reason behind this DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error could be outdated, incompatible, or corrupt drivers. To remedy this situation, you might need to update the problematic drivers. Open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start button and selecting "Device Manager" result from the contextual menu, or type "device manager" in Search and click the "Device Manager" result.

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In Device Manager, you will see a list of devices connected to your computer. Find the ones that have a yellow warning sign next to them and expand them. Right-click the device and select "Update driver" from the drop-down menu.

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You will be asked if you want to search for updated driver software automatically or to browse your computer for driver software. If you select the first option, Windows will search your computer and the Internet for the latest driver software for your device. If you select the second option, you must locate and install the drivers manually. Using this option requires having previously downloaded the drivers on your computer or USB flash drive. We recommend that you select the first option and follow the instructions. Apply the steps to all problematic devices that have the warning sign displayed.

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Another way to update or install new drivers for devices is to use third-party software such as Snappy Driver Installer. Snappy Driver Installer (SDI) is a powerful free driver updater tool for Windows that can store its entire collection of drivers offline. Having offline drivers gives Snappy Driver Installer the ability to have access to fast driver updates, even if there is no active Internet connection on your computer. Snappy Driver works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and also works with Windows XP. Drivers are downloaded through Snappy Driver Installer in 'driverpacks', which are simply collections (packs) of drivers for various hardware such as sound devices, video cards, network adapters, etc. It can also show duplicate drivers and invalid drivers. It separates the updates that require you to restart your computer so that they are easier to distinguish. You can download Snappy Driver Installer from here. 

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Reinstall Drivers

If updating problematic drivers does not fix the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error, you might want to reinstall them. Open Device Manager (by following the previous steps), find the devices that have warning signs next to them and expand them. Right-click your device and select "Uninstall" from the drop-down menu to uninstall it.

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In the popped-up window, click "Uninstall". Ensure that you check the "Delete the driver software for this device" checkbox. Restart the computer. Windows will automatically install missing graphics drivers the next time you start Windows. If Windows could not start normally, start the operating system in Safe Mode with Networking.

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If Windows does install the missing (uninstalled) drivers, go to Device Manager and right-click your computer name. Select "Scan for hardware changes". This should detect missing drivers and install them.

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Adjust Power Management Options

To adjust Power Management settings, open Device Manager and expand the "Network adapters" section. Right-click the network adapter and select "Properties" from the contextual menu (or simply double-click it).

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In the network adapter properties window, find and click the "Power Management" tab and ensure that the "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" option is disabled.

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Apply these steps to all devices connected to your computer. Only some will have the "Power Management" tab, so do not be surprised if you cannot find it in the device properties window. See if this fixes the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error.

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Adjust Power Plan Settings

The Power Plan feature in Windows 10 is not new, since it was also available in earlier versions of the operating system. Power Plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manage how your computer uses power. In this case, we will change the advanced power settings and enable maximum power settings. Type "edit power plan" in Search and click the "Edit power plan" result.

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In the Edit Plan Settings window, you can edit the settings of the power plan you are currently using. If you want to edit another plan, use the next window. Find and click "Change advanced power settings".

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In the Power Options window, find the "PCI Express" ("Graphic Settings" or "Link state Power Management") and double-click it. Now set "On battery" and "Plugged in" to "Off".

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Now find and double-click "Wireless Adapter Settings" and ensure that Power Saving Mode is set to "Maximum Performance" when on battery and plugged in. Click "Apply" to save the changes and see if this fixes the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error.

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Run System File Checker

System File Checker (SFC) is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore them. This guide describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan your system files and to repair missing or corrupted system files (including .DLL files). If a Windows Resource Protection (WRP) file is missing or corrupted, Windows might not behave as expected. For example, some Windows functions might not work, or Windows might crash. The "sfc scannow" option is one of several specific switches available with the sfc command, the Command Prompt command used to run System File Checker. To run it, first open Command Prompt first by typing "command prompt" in Search, right-click on "Command Prompt", and then select "Run as administrator" from the drop-down menu to run Command Prompt with administrator privileges. You must run an elevated Command Prompt to be able to perform a SFC scan.

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In the Command Prompt window, type "sfc /scannow" and press Enter on the keyboard to execute this command. System File Checker will start and should take some time to complete the scan (about 15 minutes). Wait for the scanning process to complete and restart your computer to see if you still receive the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error.

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Update BIOS

BIOS (Basic Input Output System) is software stored on a small memory chip on the motherboard. Updating BIOS might fix the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error. Bear in mind that updating the BIOS is a procedure for advanced users and, if not performed properly, can cause permanent hardware damage. To update the BIOS, go to the motherboard manufacturer website and download the latest BIOS version for it. There should be a manual describing how to update the BIOS - ensure that you read it carefully. If you do not know how to update the BIOS, find an expert to avoid damage to your computer.

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Run System Restore

Finally, we recommend that you run System Restore using restore points. A restore point is a collection of important system files stored by System Restore on a given date and time. System Restore reverts everything to a saved restore point, but first, you must have one recorded. If a restore point does not exist on your computer, System Restore has nothing to revert to. To use this tool, you must have created restore points. With a created restore point, this feature will bring your system back to the previous working state, without affecting your files and data. If you have any system restore points that were created before you started receiving the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error, you might be able to fix the problem by performing a System Restore. To restore your system, launch Run. To start it, press the Windows Key + R and type "rstrui.exe". In the Run dialog box, press Enter or click "OK".

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In the System Restore window, click "Next".

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If there are restore points created, you will see a list of them. Mark the "Show more restore points" checkbox. This should display more restore points. Select the most appropriate restore point (depending on the time created, etc.) and click "Next". Do not select a Restore Point at a time when the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error was already present - you certainly do not want to revert to that state.

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Confirm the restore point. Your computer will be restored to the state prior to the event detailed in the "Description" field. If you are happy with your choice, click "Finish" and the system restore process will begin.

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We hope this guide was helpful and you were able to fix the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error. If you know of other solutions to this problem, not mentioned in our guide, please share them with us by leaving a comment in the section below.

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