FIX: Windows 0x0000009f Driver power state failure error

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The Windows 0x0000009f Driver power state failure error is a blue screen of death and is usually triggered by a driver failure and soon after installing a new driver.

Several users have reported similar errors in the Microsoft community forum:

I was wondering if anyone could help me solve a problem on my computer. I had recently gotten a BSOD saying DRIVER_POWER_STATE_Failure and 0x0000009F. This particular BSOD has been occurring frequently over the past two days.

In this article, we have listed a couple of troubleshooting tips to help you resolve the Windows 0x0000009f Driver power state failure error.


Troubleshoot Windows 0x0000009f Driver power state failure error

1. Check peripherals for issues

Windows 0x0000009f Driver power state failure

  1. First of all, if the error is caused by a piece of hardware added to your computer, you may want to diagnose the hardware for issues.
  2. Shutdown your computer.
  3. Remove the newly added hardware.
  4. Power on your computer and check for any improvements.

If the error is resolved, proceed with the steps below to update the device driver to fix the error.


2. Update device driver

Windows 0x0000009f Driver power state failure

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and click OK to open Device Manager.
  3. In Device Manager, expand the hardware section. For example, if it is a mouse that is causing the error, expand Mice, and other pointing devices.
  4. Right-click on your device and select Update Drier.
  5. Select Search automatically for updated driver software option.
  6. Windows will download and install the latest driver version for the hardware if available.
  7. Restart the computer and check for any improvements.

If the issue persists, or if Windows is unable to find the compatible driver version, you can finally install the driver manually. This is helpful if the error occurred after updating the driver.

Windows 0x0000009f Driver power state failure

  1. Download the driver you want to install from the official website.
  2. Open Device Manager.
  3. Right-click on the device and select Update Driver.
  4. Select Browse my computer for driver software option.
  5. Select the download driver file and click Open.
  6. Install the drive and restart the computer.

 


3. Check your antivirus

driver BSOD

  1. If you have third-party antivirus software installed, try disabling it. Many users have reported that disabling the antivirus has resolved issues.
  2. First, try disabling the firewall. The firewall is a known cause of the error.
  3. If disabling the firewall did not work, disable the antivirus temporarily.
  4. Right-click on the antivirus icon in the taskbar and select disable temporarily option.

If the issue is resolved after disabling the antivirus, check if there is an update available for antivirus. Alternatively, uninstall and install a different antivirus.

Note that some freeware may sneakily install unwanted software like a firewall which can be difficult to track. Therefore use any system cleaning tool to find and remove the program.


4. Uninstall problematic software

driver BSOD

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type control and click OK.
  3. Navigate to Programs > Programs and Features.
  4. Locate the most recently installed programs and drivers, including graphics card drivers.
  5. Select the software and click on Uninstall. Click Yes to confirm the action.
  6. Restart the computer and check for any improvements.

The Windows 0x0000009f Driver power state failure error can occur due to several reasons. However, it is most likely occurring due to driver failures from newly installed hardware.

Besides, it can also occur due to third-party antivirus and firewall creating conflict, and in some instances, your graphics drivers can be a reason as well. Follow all the steps in this article to diagnose and get rid of the error.

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