6 Ways to Overcome Driver Power State Failure in Windows 10

6 Ways to Overcome Driver Power State Failure in Windows 10

6 Ways to Overcome Driver Power State Failure in Windows 10

 Driver Power State Failure is a rare blue screen error that occurs when the driver goes into sleep mode while you are working. BSODs often appear when the computer comes out of hibernation mode, and Windows can't wake up the device driver at all, or the driver is taking too long to respond.

The error can be resolved with a simple change to the power settings, but some users may need to dig deeper to fix the problem. Here are some ways to overcome Driver Power State Failure in Windows 10.

1. Change Power And Power Plan Settings

The first step that users have to take to diagnose this error is to change their device's power settings. Here are the steps on how to change power settings in Windows 10.

Change Power Settings

Change Power Settings

1. In the Start menu search bar, type and open Control Panel.

2. Look for Power Options, click on it.

3. In the window that opens, click on the option that says Choose what the power buttons do.

4. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable. You need administrator privileges to do this.

5. Uncheck the Turn on fast startup, Sleep, and Hibernate options.

6. Click Save changes and exit.

Change Power Plan Settings

Change Power Plan Settings

1. Open Control Panel and click Power Options.

2. Find the currently selected power plan and click Change plan settings.

3. Then click Change advanced power settings.

4. Expand the Sleep section and make sure all settings are set to Never.

5. Navigate to Wireless Adapter Settings and PCI Express. Expand it and set all options to Never.

2. Update Display and Network Drivers

The most common reason for a Driver Power State Failure BSOD is a corrupted network driver or Display driver. That's why it's best to make sure that both of these drivers are updated and running smoothly. Sometimes, newer updates can also cause system instability. In such a case, the user must cancel this update.

How to Update Display and Network Drivers

How to Update Display and Network Drivers

1. Press Windows Key + R and type devmgmt.msc. The Device Manager window will open.

2. Look for Display adapters and expand the menu.

3. Right-click on the driver and click Update driver.

4. Click Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will automatically download and install the latest drivers.

5. Do the same for Network adapters.

How To Roll Back Network And Display Drivers To Previous Versions

How To Roll Back Network And Display Drivers To Previous Versions

1. Open Device Manager and expand the Display adapters option.

2. Right click on the driver and select Properties.

3. Navigate to the Driver tab in the Properties menu.

4. Click Roll Back Driver and Windows will roll back the driver version to the previous version.

5. Follow the same steps for Network adapters.

3. Repair Corrupt System Files Using SFC And DISM

SFC and DISM are two of the most effective built-in Windows tools that can be used to fix various kinds of system errors. In the case of a blue screen of death error, combining the two can prove useful in eliminating the error.

Users should note that it is very important to create a system restore point before trying this fix.

How to use DISM

How to use DISM

1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator.

2. Type DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /scanhealth and wait for the process to finish.

3. When finished, type DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth.

4. Wait until the process is complete.

How to Use SFC


1. Run Command Prompt as Administrator.

2. On the console, type sfc /scannow.

3. Windows will automatically look for damaged files and fix them.

4. Return the Computer to its Previous Condition

When you have exhausted all other methods to deal with the Driver Power State Failure error, the best method is to restore your computer to a previous state. Sometimes, newly installed software makes changes that can cause errors.

Windows usually creates system restore points automatically before new programs are installed, and now is a good time to use this feature. To use System Restore, follow these steps:

System Restore Point

1. Press Windows Key + R and type rstrui.exe.

2. In the System Restore window, click Next and select a Restore Point from the list.

3. Click Finish, after which the device will boot into the selected state.

5. Update the BIOS

While dealing with Driver Power State Failure, users should ensure that their BIOS is updated to the latest version. As we know, BIOS is an important part of the computer, so make sure to be careful when making any changes.

How To Check And Update BIOS

BIOS updates

1. Type System Information in the Start menu search bar.

2. In the window, find BIOS Version/Date and note the version.

3. After this, visit your motherboard manufacturer's website and look for the latest BIOS version in the download section.

4. Download and run the installation file.

Prior to installation, you will get the option to back up your current BIOS version. Make sure to select this option to minimize something unwanted.

6. Disable Antivirus and Windows Defender

Antivirus software can sometimes delete or interfere with important Windows files. This can also happen when updating drivers because sometimes the software incorrectly marks some files in the installation package.

It's easy enough to temporarily disable your antivirus software. Just right-click on your antivirus icon in the System Tray and click disable protection. This is the method that is usually used with most antivirus software, but may differ with some other antiviruses.

To disable Windows Defender, do the following:

Disable Windows Defender

1. Search for Windows Security in the Start menu search bar and select the first result that appears.

2. On the dashboard, click Virus & threat protection.

3. Click Manage Settings and disable Real-time protection.

Please note that you guys just temporarily disabled the antivirus. If disabling your antivirus stops the Driver Power State Failure error, you should consider changing your antivirus software as an alternative.


So there you have it, some ways to fix Driver Power State Failure in Windows 10. BSOD is something that not everyone likes, but usually it's easy to fix. In the case of Driver Power State Failure, a simple driver update can usually fix the problem. But if not, then users can always use other fix methods as listed above.

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