Troubleshooting ‘Driver Power State Failure’ on Windows PC

Driver Power State Failure is a rare blue screen error that occurs when a driver goes to sleep mode while running. BSOD often appears when the computer is in hibernation mode and Windows fails to wake up the device driver, or the driver takes too long to respond.

The error can be fixed by making simple changes to the power settings, but some users may have to dig deeper to fix the problem. Here are six ways to fix the Driver Power State Failure error in Windows 10.

What causes a Driver Power State Failure?

The Driver Power State Failure (blue screen of death) error is usually caused by a problem with the power management of a device connected to your PC. If the device goes to sleep when you’re using it, or doesn’t come out of sleep mode when you’re trying to use it, Windows assumes it’s a critical error and displays a BSOD message.

There are several reasons why this might happen. If the device driver is outdated or malfunctioning, it can affect Windows’ ability to control the power settings of connected devices. Updating the drivers (or downgrading to the latest working driver) may solve the problem.

How to resolve the driver power status failure?


Perform an SFC scan

  1. Press the Windows + X keys to open the Win + X menu, and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.
  2. If the command line is not available, select PowerShell (Admin) instead.
  3. When the command prompt opens, type sfc /scannow and press Enter to start.
  4. The scanning process will now begin. Keep in mind that the SFC scan may take about 10 minutes, so do not interrupt it.

Conduct a DISM scan

  1. Open a command prompt as an administrator.
  2. Execute 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 solved.

Reset the video card drivers to the old version

  1. Open the Device Manager.
  2. Go to Display Adapters and double-click on your video card.
  3. When the Properties window opens, go to the Drivers tab and click Reset Driver.
  4. Wait for the process to complete.

Changing the power settings of your device

  1. Open the Device Manager.
  2. Find your network adapter and double-click it to open its properties.
  3. Click the Power Management tab and uncheck Allow your computer to turn off this device to save power.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

Changing Power Settings in the Nvidia Control Panel

  1. Open the Nvidia control panel.
  2. In the left pane, select Manage 3D settings.
  3. In the right pane, select the highlighted graphics card as your preferred GPU.
  4. Find Power Management mode in the settings list and select Prefer maximum performance.
  5. Save your changes and see if that solves your problem.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Update the system drivers.
  2. Run the System File Checker tool to check the integrity of system files.
  3. Uninstall recently installed drivers.
  4. Disable hibernation or sleep mode.
  5. Keep Windows up to date.

Among the Windows shutdown codes, DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE is quite interesting. This indicates that the driver on your PC has gone into an invalid or incompatible power state. This message usually appears when the PC returns to normal operation after a period of hibernation.

  1. Choose Start -> Settings > Update and Security -> Troubleshooting or select the Troubleshooting shortcut at the end of this topic.
  2. Select the type of troubleshooting you want to perform, and then select Launch Troubleshooter.
  3. Launch the troubleshooter and answer the questions that appear on the screen.

Driver power status failures are usually caused by your computer or device driver going to sleep while you are still using the machine. Windows sends a wake-up signal to the device when it needs to, and if the device does not respond in time or at all, Windows reports a driver power failure error.