How to fix driver power state failure error in Windows 11

Kazim Ali Alvi
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  • A lot of users have recently reported encountering the annoying driver power state failure error in Windows 11.
  • The issue generally appears when you boot Windows or turn on the system from sleep mode.
  • It can be fixed by removing recent driver updates, changing power settings, or disabling fast startup, amongst others.
Driver power state failure error in Windows 11
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BSOD errors, or Black Screen of Death as they are known on Windows 11, are indicators of a problem with the computer. But, not all of them are severe and can be solved by simple troubleshooting. One such error is the driver power state failure in Windows 11.

Many users have reported encountering this issue when they boot Windows 11. It’s a common error and is easy to fix, as seen in the following sections.

But before we head to the actual solutions, let’s first understand what causes the driver power state failure error.

What causes the driver power state failure error in Windows 11?

It can be caused by a bunch of reasons, but an outdated driver is generally found to be the underlying issue. Other than that, driver power state failure errors in Windows 11 can be caused by corrupt system files, misconfigured settings, faulty hardware, amongst other reasons.

Let’s understand why exactly is the error encountered. When you turn on the system either from Sleep mode or give it a fresh start, one or more devices do not start along with it, and thus you see the error.

The error is most likely to be caused by a USB drive, however other devices too may be responsible for it. It’s now time we head to the fixes for the driver power state failure error in Windows 11.

How can I fix the Windows 11 driver power state failure error?

1. Roll back recently installed drivers

  1. Press Windows + I to launch the Settings app.
  2. Select Windows Update from the tabs listed in the navigation pane on the left.Windows Update
  3. Click on Windows Update on the right.Windows Update option
  4. Select Update history from the options listed here.Update History
  5. Click on Driver updates to view the ones that have been automatically updated in the recent past and make a list of all the devices that appear here.List of devices recently updates
  6. Next, press Windows + S to launch the Search menu.
  7. Enter Device Manager in the text field at the top and click on the relevant search result.Launch Device Manager
  8. Locate the devices, the drivers for which have been updated recently, as found in the Settings.
  9. Right-click on each device and select Properties from the context menu.Device Properties
  10. Navigate to the Driver tab and click on Roll Back Driver.Roll back driver
  11. Now, select a reason for removing the update and click on Yes at the bottom. In case you select For another reason, enter why you rolling back in the Tell us more field.Reason for rolling back

Wait for the roll-back process to complete. It should typically take a few seconds, but you wouldn’t receive a prompt or confirmation for the same. A quick way to identify is to look out for the Roll Back Driver option. When it’s greyed out, the previous version has successfully been installed.

When you encounter the driver power state failure error in Windows 11, the prime approach should be to look out for the recently installed drivers and remove them.

But, do remember that only the drivers updated via Windows Update will be listed under Update History. If you have manually updated any driver, be sure to roll back those too.

2. Update drivers

If rolling back to the previous version of the driver didn’t help, or the driver wasn’t updated recently, you can check if there’s an update available. Outdated drivers are as likely to cause the driver power state failure error in Windows 11.

There are three ways you can update the driver in Windows 11, using the Device Manager, via Windows Update, or manually downloading and installing it from the manufacturer’s website. Let’s go through each and check if there’s a newer version available.

2.1 Via Device Manager

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The Device Manager can only be used to install driver updates that have already been downloaded to the computer.

  1. Right-click on the Start button in the Taskbar or press Windows + X to launch the Power User/Quick Access menu.
  2. Select Device Manager from the list of options that appear.Launch Device Manager
  3. Locate the problematic device, right-click on it and select Update driver from the context menu.Update driver to fix driver power state failure error
  4. Select Search automatically for drivers from the two options in the Update drivers window, to let your computer check for the best available driver present and install it.Search automatically for drivers
  5. Wait for the installation to complete, and then restart the computer to apply the changes.

After the problematic driver is updated, check if the driver power state failure error is fixed. Sometimes, Windows might not be able to locate a better version of the driver. In this case, you can try the other methods listed here to update the driver.

2.2 Via Windows Update

  1. Press Windows + I to launch the Settings app.
  2. Select Windows Update from the tabs listed on the left.Windows Update tab
  3. Next, click Windows Update on the right.Windows Update option
  4. Select Advanced options from the ones listed here.Advanced options
  5. Click on Optional updates under Additional options. You will find the number of updates available mentioned to the right of the option. If there are none (0) available, you can skip the following steps and directly head to the next method.Optional Updates to view driver updates
  6. Click on Driver updates to view the ones that are available for download and install.Update driver to fix driver power state failure error
  7. Now, tick the checkbox before the driver for the problematic device, and click on Download & install.Download & install driver

Updating drivers through Windows Update is rather simple but you only get the drivers that have been verified and certified by Microsoft.

If you weren’t able to find a driver update for the problematic device here, you can always check the manufacturer’s website for it. Many device manufacturers upload the driver to their official website instead of submitting it to Microsoft.

Also, sometimes the verification and certification may take time, in which case, downloading the driver directly from the website may be of help.

2.3 Via manufacturer’s official website

  1. Launch Device Manager as discussed earlier.
  2. Locate the problematic device, right-click on it, and select Properties from the context menu.Find current driver version
  3. Navigate to the Drivers tab and make a note of the Driver Version.Driver version
  4. Now, go to Google or any other secure search engine and search using Device Name, followed by Windows 11 and Driver Update.Search for driver update to fix driver power state failure error
  5. From the search results, locate and open the manufacturer’s website.
  6. Check if a newer version of the driver is listed here. You already have the current version and can identify from it if an update is available.
  7. In case an update is listed, download it. It is likely to be in the .exe format.
  8. Now, navigate to the folder where the downloaded file is stored and double-click on it to launch the installer.
  9. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
  10. After the update is installed, restart the computer for the changes to come into effect.

Check if updating the driver from the manufacturer’s website fixed the driver power state download error in Windows 11.

Another quick way to update the drivers installed on the computer is to use a third-party solution. We recommend DriverFix, a dedicated tool that will automatically update the drivers and keep them all up-to-date.

3. Disable fast startup

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the Search menu.
  2. Enter Control Panel in the search box at the top, and click on the relevant search result that appears.Launch Control Panel to fix driver power state failure error
  3. Select System and Security from the option listed here.Go to System and Security to fix driver power state failure error
  4. Next, click on Change what the power button do under Power Options.Change what the power buttons do
  5. Click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable option.Change settings that are currently unavailable
  6. Now, untick the checkboxes for Turn on fast startup, Sleep, and Hibernate, and click on Save Changes at the bottom.Disable fast startup to fix driver power state failure error
  7. Restart the computer for changes to come into effect.

Check if disabling fast startup fixed the driver power state failure error in Windows 11.

Fast startup is a feature that reduces the boot time for Windows by not completely shutting down the system. However, it’s known to cause compatibility issues with the connected device and lead to driver power state failure BSOD error.

4. Run a quick SFC scan

  1. Press Windows + X or right-click on the Start icon in the Taskbar to launch the Quick Access menu.
  2. Select Windows Terminal (Admin) from the list of options that appear.Launch Windows Terminal to fix driver power state failure error
  3. Click Yes on the UAC prompt that appears.Click Yes in UAC prompt
  4. In Windows Terminal, click on the carat icon at the top and select Command Prompt from drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can Ctrl + Shift + 2 to launch the Command Prompt tab.Launch Command Prompt to fix driver power state failure error
  5. Next, type or paste the following command and hit Enter start the SFC scan.sfc /scanowRun SFC scan to fix driver power state failure error
  6. Wait for it to complete. You can continue working on the system while the scan runs in the background.

The SFC or System File Checker scan fixes the corrupt system files. It identifies these files and replaces them with their cached copy stored on the computer.

After the SFC scan is done running, check if the driver power state failure error in Windows 11 is fixed.

5. Scan for malware or virus

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We will be using the built-in Windows Security to run a scan for malware. It’s perfectly safe to use a reliable third-party antivirus as well for the job.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the Search menu.
  2. Enter Windows Security in the text field at the top and click on the relevant search result that appears.Launch Windows Security to fix driver power state failure error
  3. Click on Virus & theat protection.Virus & threat protection
  4. Click on Scan options under the Quick scan button.Scan options
  5. Select the Full scan option and then click on Scan now.Run full scan to fix driver power state failure error

A system infected with malware or virus is also likely to exhibit the driver power state failure error in Windows 11. When you use Windows Security to run a scan, it not only identifies the malware or virus but also takes required corrective measures to remove it.

While there are a bunch of other third-party antiviruses available out there, we choose Windows security for two reasons. First, it comes along with Windows and is free to use, and secondly, it offers the same level of protection as any other paid tool available in the market.

6. Switch to high performance power plan

  1. Launch the Control Panel as discussed earlier.
  2. Click on System and Security.System and Security
  3. Click on Change battery settings under Power options.Change power settings to fix driver power state failure error
  4. Select the High performance power plan.High Performance power plan to fix driver power state failure error

Simply switching the power plan to high performance has fixed the driver power state failure error in Windows 11 for many users. When the computer is in this mode, the connected devices do not go into sleep mode, thereby eliminating the occurrence of the error.

7. Change device’s power settings

  1. Launch the Device Manager as discussed earlier.
  2. Locate the problematic device, right-click on it and select Properties from the context menu.Change device power settings to fix driver power state failure error
  3. Navigate to the Power Management tab.Power management
  4. Untick the checkbox for Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power and click on OK to save the changes.Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power

If nothing else worked, you can change the faulty device’s power setting. You will have to do it for all the devices that might be causing the error.

After you change the settings, restart the computer and check if the driver power state failure error in Windows 11 is fixed.

How can I execute the fixes listed here if Windows doesn’t boot normally?

In case Windows is unable to boot normally on your computer, you can try to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode.

This way, only the critical drivers, services, and files are loaded which provides an ideal environment for troubleshooting errors.

That’s all there is to fix the driver power state failure error in Windows 11. Execute the methods in the sequence that they are listed to solve the error in no time. Also, if none of them work, you always have the option to reset Windows 11 to its factory settings.

Apart from the error, do read our comparison of Windows 11 and Windows 10 to better understand the changes between the two.

Let us know which fix worked for you in the comments section below, and the device or process that was causing the error.

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