Fix: Driver Power State Failure in Windows 10

Marian Cularea By: Marian Cularea
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Driver Power State Failure is a Blue Screen of Death error and occurs mostly as a result of an incompatible driver installed. Depending on what caused the error, you can fix it with a simple restart or by using one of the solutions below.

Usually Windows users start to panic when they see the Blue screen of death but in this case, I can tell you that there are some easy steps which you can take and fix the Driver Power State Failure in Windows 8.1. So go ahead and follow the tutorial below for a quick fix on this issue.

On 99% of the cases, Driver Power State Failure is caused by placing your operating system to sleep mode state. To be more exact you will most likely encounter this error message when you try to log in to the device. The error is caused by the power settings or because some drivers are having incompatibility issues in the system.

How to fix Driver Power State Failure

Driver Power State Failure can cause many problems on your PC, and users reported the following issues as well:

  • Driver Power State Failure Windows 10 Toshiba, HP, Dell, Acer, Alienware, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo – This problem affects almost all devices, and many HP, Dell, Lenovo users reported this issue.
  • Driver Power State Failure Nvidia – This issue is commonly related to your Nvidia graphics. If you’re using Nvidia graphics card, be sure to try some of our solutions.
  • Driver Power State Failure USB – Sometimes this error can occur while using a specific USB device. To fix the problem, you might have to disconnect all USB devices in order to find the one that is causing this issue.
  • Driver Power State Failure on startup, boot – According to users, this issue can appear while your computer is booting. If this error occurs on startup, you won’t be able to use your PC at all.
  • Driver Power State Failure Photoshop, Autocad – This error can affect various applications, and many users reported it while using Photoshop or Autocad.
  • Driver Power State Failure SSD, hard drive – Sometimes this error can be caused by a new hard drive or SSD. If that happens, you might have to update your drivers and check if everything is in order.
  • Driver Power State Failure Kaspersky, McAfee – Third-party applications are the common cause for this problem and sometimes your antivirus can cause this issue to appear. According to users, this issue usually occurs if you’re using Kaspersky or McAfee.
  • Driver Power State Failure blue screen – 0x0000009f error screen on startup is usually triggered by a driver-related issue. The problem has been solved by Microsoft in update file KB 2983336.
  • Driver Power State Failure ntoskrnl.exe – This error message can sometimes show you the name of the file that is causing the error. Users reported that ntoskrnl.exe is the most common cause for this problem.

Solution 1 – Update your drivers

If you are able to eventually log in to your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 device please follow the steps below:

  1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
  2. driver updater starting windowOnce installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
  3. driver updater diagnozingUpon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
    driver updater scan finished
    Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Disclaimer: some functions of this tool are not free.

If you still have this issue after the driver update process was finished then proceed with the second step posted below (removing the old driver) and retry to update.


Solution 2 – Enter Safe Mode and remove recently installed drivers

First of all, we will need to enter into the Advanced startup of Windows 8.1 by following these steps:

  1. Enter the BIOS and make sure that the first boot device is set to your CD/DVD drive.
  2. Place the Microsoft Windows 8.1 boot DVD into the CD/DVD drive.
  3. Reboot your Windows 8, Windows 10 operating system.
  4. When prompt by the message Press any key to boot from CD or DVD please boot from the Windows 8 installation media CD by pressing any key on your keyboard.
  5. In the first window that appears after you booted from the Windows 8.1 DVD you will need to left click or tap on the Next button.
  6. Left click or tap on the Repair your computer option present in the next screen.
  7. From the Choose an option window that appears left click or tap on the Troubleshoot option.
  8. In the next window left-click or tap on the Advanced options.
  9. In the Advanced Options window left-click or tap on the Command Prompt option.
  10. Write in the black window (command prompt) the following: C: without the quotes. Press Enter to run the command.
  11. Next you will need to write the following in the Command Prompt: BCDEDIT /SET {DEFAULT} BOOTMENUPOLICY LEGACY. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  12. Write in the command prompt window the following: EXIT. Press the Enter key.
  13. Remove the Windows disc and restart your PC.

After doing that, you need to enter Safe Mode and remove any recently installed drivers. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. When the computer starts after the reboot keep pressing the F8 button on the keyboard.
  2. List of options will appear. Select Safe Mode from the menu.
  3. When Safe Modes starts, open Device Manager.
  4. Now uninstall the last drivers you installed recently by right clicking on them and and choosing the Uninstall device option.
    Driver Power State Failure Windows 10 Toshiba
  5. Reboot the Windows 8.1 normally and see if you still have the blue screen with the same error message. If the issue persists, you’ll have to remove another recently installed driver. Repeat this step until your PC start working again
    Note: After you find the driver that is causing you this blue screen you should check on the manufacturer’s website for an updated version of it that is compatible with your Windows operating system in order to prevent the error Driver Power State Failure from appearing again.

Solution 3 – Perform an SFC scan

If you’re getting Driver Power State Failure message, you might be able to solve it by performing an SFC scan. According to users, this problem is caused by file corruption, and in order to fix it you just need to perform an SFC scan. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the list. If Command Prompt isn’t available, select PowerShell (Admin) instead.
    Driver Power State Failure Nvidia
  2. When Command Prompt opens, enter sfc /scannow and press Enter to run it.
  3. The scanning process will now start. Keep in mind that SFC scan can take about 10 minutes, so don’t interrupt it.

If you can’t run SFC scan, or if the scan can’t fix the problem, users are recommending to use DISM scan instead. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Run the following commands:
    • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /scanhealth
    • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  3. After running both commands, check if the problem is resolved.

If you were unable to run SFC scan before, be sure to run it after the DISM scan is completed. Once you run both scans, the problem should be completely resolved and the error message will stop appearing.


Solution 4 – Change your Power settings

Sometimes Driver Power State Failure error can appear due to your power settings. According to users, you might be able to fix this problem simply by disabling certain power settings. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter control panel. Select Control Panel from the list.
    Driver Power State Failure USB
  2. When Control Panel opens, locate and click on Power Options.
    Driver Power State Failure on startup
  3. Click on Choose what the power button does.
    Driver Power State Failure Photoshop
  4. Now click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
    Driver Power State Failure SSD
  5. Disable Turn of fast startup (recommended), Sleep and Hibernate options. Click on Save changes button.
    Driver Power State Failure Kaspersky

Solution 5: Change your Power Plan Settings

Some users are also recommending to change your power plan settings. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Power options. Locate your currently selected plan and click on Change plan settings.
    Driver Power State Failure ntoskrnl.exe
  2. Click on Change advanced power settings.
    Driver Power State Failure Windows 10 HP
  3. Now you’ll see a list of settings. Open the Sleep section and make sure that Sleep and Hibernation are set to Never. In Power buttons and lid section make sure that everything is set to Do nothing. Now click on Apply and OK to save changes.
    Driver Power State Failure Nvidia
  4. Optional: Set Graphics settings or PCI Express and Lnk State Power Management to Maximum Performance. Do the same for Wireless Adapter Settings.

If you’re using a laptop, users are recommending to remove its battery and to connecting it to the power outlet. After making these changes, Sleep and Hibernate features will be completely disabled and the problem should be resolved. If you use these features frequently, you should try a different solution.


Solution 6 – Disable or remove your antivirus software

Antivirus software is rather important but sometimes your antivirus can interfere with Windows and cause Driver Power State Failure error to appear. To fix this problem, we advise you to temporarily disable your antivirus software and check if that solves the issue. If not, you might have to uninstall your antivirus software completely.

In order to remove your antivirus software and all files associated with it, it’s recommended to use a dedicated removal tool. Many antivirus companies offer removal tools for their software, so be sure to download one for your antivirus.

After you completely remove your antivirus, check if the issue still persists. If not, install the latest version of your antivirus software or switch to a different antivirus solution. Many users reported problems with Avast antivirus, but other antivirus software can also cause this problem to appear.


Solution 7 – Revert your graphics card drivers to the older version

Sometimes Driver Power State Failure error can appear due to your graphics card drivers. To fix this issue, it’s recommended to roll back to the older driver. This is relatively simple, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Navigate to Display adapters section and double click your graphics card.
    Driver Power State Failure USB
  3. When Properties window opens, go to the Driver tab and click on Roll Back Driver button.
    Driver Power State Failure on boot
  4. Wait for the process to finish.

If Roll Back option isn’t available, you’ll need to uninstall your graphics card driver from Device Manager. Alternatively, you can use Display Driver Uninstaller to completely remove all files associated with your graphics card.

After you remove the driver, visit your graphics card manufacturer’s website and download the older version of the driver. After installing the driver, check if the problem is resolved. This issue usually affects Nvidia graphics cards, but feel free to try this solution with other graphics cards as well.


Solution 8 – Change Power settings in Nvidia Control Panel

According to users, Driver Power State Failure error can appear due to your power settings. This problem appears often while using Nvidia graphics, but you can fix it by following these steps:

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. In the left pane, select Manage 3D settings.
  3. In the right pane, select your dedicated graphics card as Preferred graphics processor. Locate Power management mode in the list of settings and select Prefer maximum performance.
  4. Save changes and check if that solves your problem.

According to users, switching to maximum performance fixed this problem for them, so be sure to try it out. This mode will use more battery power, so keep that in mind if you’re using a laptop. If you’re using AMD graphics, you can find similar settings in Catalyst Control Center.


Solution 9 – Change your device’s power options

Sometimes Driver Power State Failure error can occur due to your power settings. Many devices can be turned off in order to save power, but sometimes this option can cause this problem to appear. To fix the issue, you need to disable this feature by following these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Locate your network adapter and double click it to open its properties.
    river Power State Failure Autocad
  3. Navigate to Power Management tab and uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power. Click on OK to save changes.
    Driver Power State Failure hard drive

After doing that, the problem should be completely resolved. Keep in mind that your PC has multiple devices that support this feature, so you need to disable it for all problematic devices.


This is it folks, after doing the steps above you should be able to log in to your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 normally. Please write us below if you have any other additional questions on this article and we will make sure that you fix your issue in the shortest time possible.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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