Best Fix – DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE errors in Windows 10

DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE errors are another seemingly random Windows error that causes the Blue Screen of Death. While it sounds pretty serious, the actual cause of the error is simply an old, outdated or incompatible driver or incompatibilities with sleep mode. Both are easy to fix.

As with many BSOD errors, sometimes you can use your computer for a while and sometimes you can’t. I would suggest running in Safe Mode if you don’t think your computer will be able to effectively update drivers before crashing, otherwise it will create even more problems.


Fix DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE errors in Windows 10

So whether in Safe Mode or not, we first need to update drivers.

  1. Navigate to Settings, Update & Security and Windows Update.
  2. Click Advanced options and select ‘Give me updates for other Microsoft products’.
  3. Go back to Update & Security and click Check for updates and download all updates and let them install.
  4. Right click the Windows Start button and select Device Manager.
  5. Right click your graphics, audio and network cards and select Update Driver Software. Install the latest versions of each if available.
  6. Visit your motherboard manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your model of board.
  7. Reboot your computer and retest.

In the vast majority of cases, doing a clean sweep of driver updates will fix the issue.


Fix DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE errors when resuming from sleep

If you’re seeing the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error when resuming from sleep, this can be caused either by an incompatibility with sleep mode or a configuration issue with the power plan.

  1. Right click the Windows Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Navigate to System and Security and Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings and change advanced plan settings.
  4. Select High Performance as the active power plan.
  5. Reboot and retest.

If that doesn’t work, turn off power management for your network card.

  1. Right click the Windows Start button and select Device Manager.
  2. Right click your network adapter and select Properties.
  3. Click the Power Management tab and uncheck the box next to ‘Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power’.
  4. Reboot and retest.

Finally, if none of the previous steps work, we have to use Microsoft’s Driver Verifier to identify any incompatibilities between your drivers and Windows 10.

  1. Type ‘verifier’ into the Search Windows (Cortana) box and select Verifier.
  2. Select ‘Create custom settings (for code developers)’ and click Next.
  3. Check all the option boxes in the next window except for ‘DDI compliance checking and randomized low resource simulation’, ‘Systematic Low Resource Simulation’ and ‘Force Pending I/O Request’ and click Next.
  4. Click Next twice.
  5. Click Select Driver Names from a List and select all drivers listed.
  6. Click Finish.
  7. Reboot and use your computer as normal. After a couple of crashes, driver verifier will create a log file at C:\Windows\Minidump\. Search the file to see which driver is causing the issue and uninstall, update or replace it.
Posted by Jamie on November 18, 2016

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