Driver Power State Failure on Windows 10

Driver Power State Failure in the appearance of a blue screen in your Windows 10 PC. This is usually caused due to a variety of reasons, the most common reason for this problem might be an improper power setting or incompatible driver. As easy as it sounds it the problem is also really easy to solve, so next time if you see this error in your PC or any of the computers around you follow the given solutions to resolve the Driver Power State Failure. 

We have included a bunch of solutions that you can use to resolve this problem and this doesn’t mean you have to try each and every solution stated here. Just try any one or two solutions provided below which is enough to solve the issue, in the worst case if any of the solutions don’t solve the problem you can try out the other solutions too.

1. Remove Your External I/O Devices

You might be using multiple external I/O devices such as a scanner, mouse, speakers, USB drive, etc.  The Driver Power State Failure issue might have been caused due to any of the peripherals you have connected to your computer.

If this is the problem, shut down your system first and disconnect all the peripherals connect to your PC, and then power up your computer. If your computer starts to boot normally and if it doesn’t show up the blue screen like earlier then one of your external devices is responsible for the error. 

Now you can connect the devices one by one to identify the particular device that is causing the problem and replace it with another one.

2. A Problematic Driver Might be the Reason

If any of the drivers you have installed have been faulted you might get this error. If that’s the case you need to uninstall the driver that is faulted to solve this issue. If you have a faulted driver or if you are missing a driver it will be indicated by a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark on your Device Manage. If you see the yellow triangle on any of your drivers you need to uninstall that particular driver to resolve the issue. 

Step 1: Open the Run box by pressing the Windows Key +R.

Step 2: Type devmgmt.msc and click OK 

Step 3: Click on each device category on the list to see the device associated with the category, if you find out the yellow triangle on any of the devices right-click on it and select Uninstall device.

You can now restart your system to find out if the problem has been resolved or not.

3. Out-Dated Drivers

The Driver Power State Failure might also be caused due to an outdated driver in your system; this is one of the most common reasons for the error.  In this case, just updating your drive might resolve the issue. 

Step 1: Open device manager and expand each category of devices

Step 2: Right-click on the device to be updated and select update driver

Step 3: Now you should click on Search automatically for updated driver software

Once the driver has been updated your computer will operate normally without any error.

If you want you can also update your drivers with the help of any of the third-party software packages available in the market, these software packages can help you identify all the corrupted, outdated, and missing drives easily.

4. Running a Windows Troubleshoot

The Built-in Windows troubleshooter can identify and resolve various kinds of issues if the problem is within its limitations, so running a window troubleshoot might be a wise idea to solve most of the issues related to your computer. Follow the step below to run a troubleshoot,

Step 1: On your keyboard press the Windows key or click on the start button and type in ‘troubleshoot’ and press Enter.

Step 2: In the troubleshoot setting you might be able to see the option Blue Screen, Click on it and then click Run the troubleshoot.

This process will find and fix the problem with your computer. once the troubleshooting is over you can restart your computer to check if the problem has been resolved or not.

5. Check Your Power Settings 

If the Driver Power State Failure is in your laptop you need to check your power saver settings first because your power settings might also be responsible for the problem. Most of the laptop users have claimed that the error has been resolved once they have adjusted their power setting. Follow the steps given below 

Step 1: Type down Control Panel on the Start menu’s search bar and press Enter.

Step 2: In the Control Panel select View by Small Icons, now select Power Options

Step 3: Click on Change plan settings available near Balanced (recommended)

Step 4: Now below ‘Turn of display ‘and ‘Put the computer to sleep’ you can see the Change advanced power settings, click on it.

Step 5: In the popped up advanced setting options expand Wireless Adapter Settings and Power Saving Mode. Check whether ‘On battery ‘ and  ‘Plugged in’ are at Maximum Performance, if not select Maximum Performance.

Step 6: Similarly, Expand PCI Express and Link State Power Management and select Maximum power saving

Step 7: Once you have changed the power settings click Apply and OK.

Now you can Restart your computer to check if the error has been resolved or not.

6. A Newly Installed Software or Your Antivirus Might be Responsible

If you are getting this error recently after installing new software or if you have an antivirus installed on your computer, your newly installed software or your Anti-virus might have caused this issue. If you feel this might be the reason for the problem you can uninstall the new software or your anti-virus to resolve the issue. To uninstall an app you can follow the below steps.

Step 1: Type down Control Panel on the Start menu’s search bar and press Enter.

Step 2: In the Control Panel click on the Uninstall program.

Step 3: Now you might be able to see all the software installed on your computer, right-click on the software or antivirus you want to remove and select Uninstall.

After removing the program you can restart your computer to check if the problem has been resolved.

Make sure you only uninstall the program that you know; the list might also include some of the critical programs that are responsible for the operation of the computer

7. Refresh your Computer

If you have tried all the above solutions and still facing the problem you can refresh your computer to see if the problem gets fixed or not.


I hope any one of the above solutions will resolve your problem, these instructions are very simple and you don’t need expert knowledge to do this you can do this with basic computer skills and a little bit of interest. 


1) What is Driver Power State Failure?

Driver Power State Failure is a Blue Screen of Death Error that is caused due to incompatible drivers in your computer. The problem always occurs while booting your computer.

2) How do I fix driver state power failure?

You can solve the driver state power failure by

  1. Updating the drive
  2. Removing the faulted External Peripherals
  3. Changing Power Settings
  4. Running driver verifier
  5. Reinstalling Windows

3) What does Blue Screen of Death Mean?

BSOD or Blue Screen of Death is a stop error displayed on a computer after a fatal system error. The blue screen indicates a system of conflict that might lead to a system crash. This error might be caused due to system hardware, temperature, corrupted registries, or virus.