Fix Driver Power State Failure Problem in Windows 10

Ah, the infamous blue screen of death and the debilitating sad face 🙁 that comes along with it. You’ll notice Windows recommending you to search the error “DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE”. Now in most cases, this error is caused by a driver’s software issue. This “Driver Power State Failure” error can occur if any of your drivers are malfunctioning or is outdated. Another common instance where this error occurs is when your computer is taken out of sleep mode. When your PC exits sleep mode, Windows sends a signal to wake the drivers. If the driver fails to respond to the signal, Windows will automatically display the “Driver Power State Failure error”.

The most difficult thing about dealing with driver errors is trying to pinpoint which device driver is causing the issue. For example, it could be your graphics card drivers, USB device drivers, monitor or even your hard drive. But don’t worry we’ve got a set of working solutions that’ll get your PC back up and running.

How To Fix Driver Power State Failure – Working Methods

Here, we’ll discuss the best solutions to fixing Driver Power State Failure. Before we begin, make sure you attempted to restart your PC. In some cases, this simple fix will solve the issue itself. If it doesn’t work, follow the methods listed below.

Method #1: Delete And Re-install Malfunctioning Drivers

You can easily view the status of all your device drivers in the built-in Device Manager application that comes with Windows. If something is wrong with any of your drivers, a yellow exclamation mark will be marked on the device. You can fix this issue by deleting and re-installing the driver.

  1. In the Windows search bar, search for Device Manager and open it.
  2. Now locate the driver that is having issues (it will have a yellow exclamation on the device icon).
  3. Right-click and select the Uninstall device.
  4. Now Re-boot your PC.
  5. To reinstall your driver open Windows Update and click “Check for updates”. Windows will automatically detect the missing driver and give you the option to re-install it.
  6. You can also manually install the device driver from the manufacturer’s website.

Method #2: Update Your Drivers

You can keep your drivers updated by using Device Manager or Windows Update. It’s important you keep your device drivers updated to the latest versions in order to prevent the driver power state failure error from occurring.  As a side note, you can use a third-party driver updater if you want to. Just make sure it is a trusted software and won’t install any malware on your device. If you decide to go down that route we recommend you use DriverBooster or any other recommend driver updater.

Using Device Manager

This requires to have prior knowledge as to which driver is outdated.

  1. Open Device Manager as you would have in Method 1.
  2. Right-click the driver you want to update and click Update Driver.
  3. Click “Search automatically for updated driver software”.
  4. Windows will search for a later version of the driver and install it if one is found.

Using Windows Update

This method is fairly and takes little to no time. Just follow the instructions below.

  1. Open Windows Settings by right-clicking the Windows icon and click on Settings.
  2. Now select Update & Security.
  3. Select Windows Update.
  4. Click the “Check for updates” button.
  5. Windows Update will search for any missing driver updates. If there are any to be installed click Download and Install.

Using Snappy Driver Installer

Snappy is probably one of the best driver updaters you can use for several reasons. Firstly, it installs no adware on your device. Secondly, it has a clean and easy to use interface. Lastly, it’s open-source, trustworthy, and gets the job done. Snappy automatically detects any missing or outdated drivers. You can mark one driver at a time to install or select all and install it as a batch.

Once you click the “Click here to start the download” button you’ll be taken to the driver download window. Here, all the information about the drivers you’re about to install, such as its size, whether its missing from your PC and other specifications will be shown. Check the ones you want to install and click OK. Your drivers will begin downloading, be automatically updated and installed by Snappy.

Method #3: Make Adjustments To Power Settings

Common causes for the Driver Power State Failure error are certain power settings. Many users saw this issue solved after disabling Fast Startup, Sleep, and Hibernate. In order to do this, follow the instructions below:

  1. In the Windows Search, enter Control Panel and select Control Panel (Desktop app) from the list that appears in the start menu.
  2. Now select Hardware and Sound. 
  3. Then click on Power Options. 
  4. Now select the link “Choose what the power button does”.
  5. Then click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable”.
  6. Next, uncheck “Turn on fast startup(recommended)”, “Sleep”, and “Hibernate” then click save changes.

What If The Error Is Caused By A Hardware Issue?

If the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE still persists even after trying all of the methods above you may have a physically damaged driver. For example, some of the keys on your keyboard or the pixels on your monitor could be damaged.  It’s also quite possible that it could be a more serious motherboard problem, meaning the CPU and drivers are simply unable to communicate with each other.  The best option here is to take it to a computer service center, or back to the store where you bought your device from. If you are a computer hardware expert yourself, you can try the following solutions (please note this list is for advanced users only and do not recommend it for novice PC users):

  • Make sure everything is plugged in correctly, i.e. external keyboards, RAM, CPU, USB Headers, GPU, Power cables, etc.
  • Try installing a new CPU or RAM
  • Replace the motherboard
  • Reinstall Windows using a bootable CD or USB
  • Attempt to run another operating system and see if the issue persists. For example, any Linux distribution such as Ubuntu.
  • Try replacing your monitor or use an HDMI or VGA cable to plug in an external monitor.

Final Words:

The DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE can be a terrifying error to face, but in most cases, simple driver updates and a PC reboot should do the trick. If you believe the issue is a more serious hardware problem, contact your closest computer service center and they should be able to help you out.

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