INTERNAL POWER ERROR stop code [Fixed for good]

Milan Stanojevic
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  • Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by outdated or incompatible drivers, and in order to fix this error, we strongly advise you to update all drivers on your PC.
  • Many users reported that INTERNAL POWER ERROR occurs due to the small size of the hibernation file, and the only solution is to increase its size. See how you can do that in our guide below.
  • Some BSoD errors are harder to pinpoint and fix. We can help you with our BSoD troubleshooting section where you can easily find a fix.
  • Our Windows 10 errors Hub is full of expert articles about such errors so give it a try.
Fix internal power error blue screen of death

Blue Screen of Death errors can be rather problematic on Windows 10 since they will always restart your PC in order to prevent damage.

These errors can disrupt your work and cause data loss, therefore today we’re going to show you how to fix INTERNAL POWER ERROR error.

Internal Power Errors variations:

However, this error can come in various forms, and is more common on certain devices. Here are all the variations of the INTERNAL POWER ERROR error:

  • INTERNAL POWER ERROR on Windows 10 – The INTERNAL POWER ERROR is quite common in Windows 10. So, if you’re using Microsoft’s latest operating system, you’re not the only one who’s run into this error.
  • INTERNAL POWER ERROR Windows 7 hibernate -When it comes to Windows 7, the INTERNAL POWER ERROR error mainy occurs when you try to wake up your computer from the hibernation.
  • Your pc ran into a problem internal power error – This is just another error message for the same error code.
  • INTERNAL POWER ERROR Windows 8 – While this error is less frequent in Windows 8, it’s not impossible to encounter it.

Also, according to numerous users, this error is more common on the following devices:

  • HP
  • Lenovo
  • Dell
  • Surface Book

How can I fix INTERNAL_POWER_ERROR blue screen error?

Table of contents:

  1. Update your drivers
  2. Increase the size o the hibernation file
  3. Disable your graphics card or roll back your drivers
  4. Disable automatic driver updates and uninstall your display driver
  5. Set your hard drive turn off timer to 0
  6. Make sure you’re using correct hard drive mode
  7.  Perform the SFC check
  8.  Clean junk files
  9.  Check for Hard Drive Corruption
  10.  Update BIOS

Solution 1 – Update your drivers

Blue Screen of Death errors are often caused by outdated or incompatible drivers, and in order to fix this error, we strongly advise you to update all drivers on your PC.

Windows 10 relies heavily on drivers in order to communicate with certain hardware, and if you drivers are outdated or just not fully compatible with Windows 10, that will cause a BSoD error to appear.

Fortunately for you, this error can be fixed if you update your drivers. Updating drivers is fairly simple, and in order to do it, you just need to visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers.

It’s important that you update as many drivers as you can in order to fix this issue, so be sure to download the latest drivers for all major hardware components.

Downloading drivers manually can be a long and tiresome process, but you can download all the necessary drivers automatically by using this Driver Update software.

Solution 2 – Increase the size of the hibernation file

Many users reported that INTERNAL POWER ERROR occurs due to the small size of the hibernation file, and the only solution is to increase its size. To do that, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Power User Menu. Select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
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  2. When Command Prompt opens, enter powercfg /hibernate /size 100 and press Enter.
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By default, the size of the hibernation file is set to 75%, however, sometimes that might not be enough for current memory requirements, but you can easily change the size to 100% by using the instructions above.

Solution 3 – Disable your graphics card or roll back your drivers

Many users reported issues with AMD graphic cards, and according to them, the only way to fix INTERNAL POWER ERROR BSoD is to disable your AMD graphic card. To do that, first you need to enter Safe Mode by following these steps:

  1. Restart your computer few times during the boot sequence to start Automatic Repair mode. Alternatively, you can hold the Shift key and click the Restart button.
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  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings. Click the Restart button.
  3. After your computer restarts, you’ll see a list of options. Press 5 or F5 to select Safe Mode with Networking.

After you enter Safe Mode, you need to disable your graphic card by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and select Device Manager from the list.
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  2. Locate your graphic card, right click it and choose Disable from the menu.
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Disabling your drivers might not be the best solution, but as an alternative you can roll back your drivers by following these steps:

  1. Open Device manager and double click your graphic card.
  2. Go to the Driver tab and click the Roll Back Driver button.
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Solution 4 – Disable automatic driver updates and uninstall your display driver

In order to fix INTERNAL POWER ERROR, you might need to uninstall your graphic card driver, but that might not be as easy since Windows 10 will automatically install the missing drivers for you.

First, you need to prevent Windows 10 from automatically downloading the latest drivers by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter advanced system settings. Select View advanced system settings from the list of results.
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  2. Go to Hardware tab and click Device Installation Settings button.
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  3. When Device installation settings window opens, select No (your device might not work as expected) and click on Save Changes.

Some users are also suggesting to use Show or hide updates troubleshooter to disable certain updates and drivers from automatically downloading.

To do that, download Show or hide updates troubleshooter package, run it and disable the updates and drivers that you don’t want to download.

If you cannot access Windows 10 normally due to BSoD error, you can always perform these steps from Safe Mode.

After you disable driver updates, you need to remove your driver.

The best way to do that is to download Display Driver Uninstaller and use it to completely remove problematic driver from your PC.

After the problematic driver is removed, simply download the new driver from your graphic card manufacturer’s website, but be careful not to install the same problematic driver again.

Solution 5 – Set your hard drive turn off timer to 0

If you’re getting INTERNAL POWER ERROR BSoD, you can fix it by setting your hard drive turn off timer to 0. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter power options. Select Power Options from the list of results.
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  2. When Power Options opens, locate your selected plan and click Change plan settings.
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  3. Click on Change advanced power settings.
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  4. Go to Hard disk > Turn off hard disk after and set the value to 0. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
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Solution 6 – Make sure you’re using the correct hard drive mode

Few users reported that INTERNAL POWER ERROR can be caused by incorrect hard drive mode, and in order to fix this error, you’ll have to change your hard drive mode in BIOS.

For detailed instructions on how to do that, we strongly advise that you check your motherboard manual.

Solution 7 – Perform the SFC check

If dealing with the drivers didn’t get the job done, and you’re still receiving the INTERNAL POWER ERROR, we shall try a different approach.

Let’s start with the SFC check. This is Windows 10’s built-in tool for dealing with various system-related problems. And while it doesn’t necessarily mean it will solve our issue, we can try nevertheless.

In case you don’t know how to run the SFC check, do the following:

  1. Go to Search, type cmd, right-click Command Prompt, and go to Run as administrator.
  2. Enter the following line, and press Enter: sfc/scannowYour pc ran into a problem internal power error
  3. Wait for the process to finish
  4. Restart your computer

Solution 8 – Clean junk files

There could be some junk files on your computer that are causing the INTERNAL POWER ERROR, so the obvious solution, in this case, is to clean them.

In case you’re not sure how to clean junk files on your computer, just follow these instructions:

  1. Go to Search, type this pc, and open This PC
  2. Right-click the system drive (most likely C:), and go to Properties 
  3. Now, click Disk Cleanup
  4. After that, go to Clean system filesINTERNAL_POWER_ERROR Windows 8
  5. Now, check everything you want to clean
  6. Click OK
  7. Wait for the process to finish
  8. Restart your computer

Solution 9 – Check for Hard Drive Corruption

Since we’re at the hard drive, let’s also quickly check if there are any hard drive errors. Because these errors can also cause the INTERNAL POWER ERROR.

Here’s how to check your hard drive for potential errors:

  1. Go to Search, type this pc, and open This PC
  2. Right-click the system drive (most likely C:), and go to Properties > Tools
  3. Under Error Checking, go to Check INTERNAL_POWER_ERROR error on Windows 10
  4. Just click Scan Drive, and wait for the process to finish

INTERNAL POWER ERROR BSoD can be problematic, but since it’s usually caused by an incompatible driver it can be easily fixed by using one of our solutions.

Don’t hesitate to drop us a line in the comments if you have any similar problems.

FAQ: Read more about the INTERNAL POWER ERROR

  • What is the INTERNAL POWER ERROR?

INTERNAL POWER ERROR is a BSoD error that is usually caused by an incompatible driver. It may also be produced by the small size of the hibernation file, and the only solution is to increase its size.

  • How can I fix the INTERNAL POWER ERROR?

For starters, update your drivers, and increase the size o the hibernation file. If that doesn’t solve the problem, read the whole guide on how to fix the INTERNAL POWER ERROR.

  • How do I fix a blue screen on Windows 10?

There is no exact recipe to fix a BSoD error because they are extremely diverse and caused by so many reasons. However, we have a complete list of BSoD error codes and solutions at your service.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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