Driver Power State Failure Windows 10 is often caused by the device driver or a computer shifting to sleep mode while you are using it. It is also called the Blue Screen of Death. Although its name sounds scary, the issue isn’t as deadly as it sounds.
Usually, Windows send the signal to the device driver to wake up as and when it is needed. If the device doesn’t respond in time or doesn’t respond at all, you get the error of power state failure. Either the driver itself or the power settings can cause this problem.
This isn’t a big issue. You can easily resolve them on your own. Here’s what you can try to fix this problem.
Graphics drivers and WiFi card drivers are the primary reasons behind this error. Hence, it only sensible to update both of them at first. Go to the device manager through the control panel and find your network and display adapter. Right-click on them and select Update. After the update is completed, reboot your system.
You can also update the drivers by using the third-party tools. Find and download one such tool from the internet and launch it. Click on the scan button and it will look into your system for all the missing and outdated drivers. Another click on update and install option will have all the drivers installed and updated in no time. This method is quick and hassle-free.
You can also go to the website of your motherboard manufacturer and look for the suitable drivers available. However, this method is lengthy and time-consuming. You will have to enter the model number of your system to find the right drivers.
Sometimes, power saving can also be the reason for the Driver Power State failure. With some tweaks in the power setting, you can efficiently resolve this issue. Open the run command by holding down together Windows logo and R keys. Type control panel in it and hit enter. It will direct you to the Control panel. Or, you can also use the Start menu to navigate to the control panel. Click on the small icon view, go to the Power Options and click on it.
Under Power Options and make sure that Balanced option is checked. Then click on the Change Power Setting option. Now go to the advanced settings option, expand the option of the Wireless Setting option and then the Power Saving Mode.
Adjust the power saving mode to the maximum. Also, set the maximum power savings for Link State Power Management and PCI Express. Apply the changes and click OK.
Reboot the system, and the issue will be gone.
Sometimes, while you are using Nvidia graphics, power settings can lead to this problem. Open the Nvidia control panel and find the option of managing 3D settings in the left pane.
Look at the right pane and spot your dedicated graphics card. Set it as the preferred processor for graphics. Now navigate to the power management mode and set it to the maximum. Save the changes you have just made and check if the issue is taken care of or persists.
If both of these solutions don’t work, you will have to uninstall the drivers causing the problem. Go to the device manager and check the drivers for the yellow mark. This mark indicates corrupt or missing driver. If you see the yellow mark, uninstall the device.
Go to the device manager and locate the device with the yellow mark. Right-click on the device and select uninstall. If you see more than one device with that mark, uninstall them all. Restart your system and see if you are still encountering the problem.
To perform the SFC scan, you will have to launch the Command Prompt in Admin mode. To do that simultaneously hold down Windows and X keys and choose Command Prompt with admin access. If you can’t find the command prompt, select Powershell with admin access.
In the Command Prompt, type sfc /scannow and hit enter. Wait until the scan is completed. If you are unable to run SCF command or even after running this command the issue persists, opt for DISM command.
To run DISM command launch the Command Prompt as an administrator and type DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /scanhealth and hit enter. Then type DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth and hit enter. Running both the commands will resolve your Driver Power State Failure error for sure.
Most of the time, the above-mentioned solutions resolve the issue of Driver Power State Failure. You might either get to address it in one solution, or you might have to adopt a combination of them.