How To Fix: Driver Power State Failure On Windows 10

If you have a Windows 10 computer, you may experience the driver power state failure. This is one of those pesky (and much dreaded) blue screen of death errors and if you would like to know how to fix it, read on!

I have good news for you: this error is easy to fix!

The first thing that you will need to ensure is that you understand what this problem is before you attempt to fix it.

Although all blue screen of death errors look equally scary, they are not all the same. In fact, getting a blue screen error does not mean anything with to do with the error itself. By this, I mean that by their very nature Windows errors are incredibly diverse. Just because Windows chooses a “blue screen” to indicate that an error has occurred, it does not mean that all errors are the same.

Some errors are quite complex and could be caused by a variety of different reasons, while others are actually quite straightforward to fix.

So, it is really important to never panicked with you get a blue screen of death error. The fact that most Window users (myself included) refer to it as a blue screen of “death” would seem to indicate that all the errors are so serious as to deserved to be considered “deadly”.

I personally use the term because that is how most people refer to these errors conversationally. But I am not put off (let alone scared) by it. I always think of this phrase as something tongue-in-cheek and not something “deadly” serious.

The next thing you will need to do is read this tutorial. Why? Because I have made all the research on how to fix this error so you do not have to!

In this article, I will teach you everything that you will need to know about this error. Everything is important because all the information contained in this article is ultimately geared to helping you fix it.

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It is up to you how you approach both the error and this tutorial on how to fix it. But my personal suggestion is that you read the whole article through before you attempt to fix it.

This article includes a detailed step-by-step guide on how to fix the error but I would firmly suggest that you go through all the steps before you start to fix the error. It is always a great idea to understand what is involved in fixing any particular problem before you attempt to fix it.

What Is the Driver Power Failure Error?  

Before I give you all the different steps you will need to follow in order to fix this error, let’s look at what the error is and when you are likely to encounter it.

The Driver Power State Failure error can happen when you are upgrading the operating system for Windows 10 or, simply, when you are just using your computer.

What causes this problem? As with most errors, this one could be caused by a variety of different reasons. But the one that can be said about it is that it is always caused by issues affected your drivers. These could be that you are using a driver that is either incompatible or outdated.

Already knowing this might help you figure out how to fix it or at least give you some major clues on how to go around fixing whatever is wrong. If you still have no idea, do not worry; the full list of steps in upcoming.

You should always also make sure that you are dealing with the right problem. So, before you go over the steps to fix it, check that you have gotten the following error message:

“Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We’re just collecting some error info, and then we’ll restart for you. If you’d like to know more, you can search online later for this error: DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE”

If you got that error, then you are definitely in the right place. Now you can go to the next section into I explain everything you will need to do in order to fix this driver error on your PC.

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Fixing the Driver Power State Failure Error on Windows 10

Now that you have made sure that we are dealing with the same error, we are in a position to go over the steps involved to fix it.

Basically, what you will need to do is go into Safe Mode and then uninstall the driver or drivers that are causing the problem.

Again, if you do not know how to do this, do not worry here are the full steps:

There are two main ways to go into Safe Mode. You can do this either from the sign in screen or from settings.

To go into Safe Mode from the sign in screen, follow these simple steps:

  1. Grab your Windows 10 computer.
  2. Restart your Windows 10 computer.
  3. Then, press the Shift key and hold it down.
  4. Next, choose the Power option and restart your computer.
  5. Once your Windows 10 restart, press either the 4 key or F4. This will select the start your Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode. You could also press either the 5 key or F5, which will then go to Safe Mode with Networking.

To go into Safe Mode from Settings, follow these simple steps:

  1. Grab your Windows computer.
  2. Hit the following two keys at the same time: the Windows logo key and the I key. This action will launch Settings. Alternatively, you could click on the Start option located in the lower-left hand side corner of your screen, wait for the different options to display and then choose Settings.
  3. Then, choose Update & Security and Recovery.
  4. Look under Advanced & start up, and choose the Restart now option. This action will restart your Windows 10 computer.
  5. Once your Windows 10 computer restart, go to Choose an option.
  6. Then, choose Troubleshoot.
  7. Next, click on Advanced Options.
  8. Click on Start up settings.
  9. Click on Restart.
  10. Once your Windows 10 computer restarts again, press either the 4 key or F4. This will select the start your Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode. You could also press either the 5 key or F5, which will then go to Safe Mode with Networking.

Once you have booted your Windows 10 computer in Safe Mode follow one of the sets of steps above, follow these simple steps to uninstall the problematic drivers:

  1. Hit the following two keys at the same time: The Windows key and the R key. This action will prompt a Run dialog to appear on your screen.
  2. Then, type the following command into the run box: “msconfig” [no quotation marks].
  3. Once you have typed the command in, click on the OK button. This action will prompt the System configuration window to display on the screen.
  4. The System configuration has several tabs. Click on the Boot tab.
  5. Check the Safe boot box.
  6. Click on the Ok button.
  7. Finally, click on Restart.

Once your computer has restarted, you will be in a position to uninstall the problematic drivers in total safety:

  1. Hit the following two keys at the same time: The Windows key and the R key. This action will prompt a Run dialog to appear on your screen.
  2. Then, type the following command into the run box: “devmgmt.msc” [no quotation marks].
  3. Once you have typed the command in, click on the OK button. This action will prompt the System configuration window to display on the screen.
  4. Next, you will need to expand the category and search for any devices (drivers) that have a yellow sign displaying next to them. This is how you will identify the driver or drivers causing the error.
  5. Then, you will need to remove each of the problematic errors one by one by right clicking on each of them and selecting uninstall.

Once you have safely removed each and every one of the problematic drivers, you will need to restart your Windows 10 computer.

If you did check the Safe boot box when you restarted your computer before, make sure that you uncheck it before restarting your PC this final time.

This is all you will have to do in order to fix this error. This blue screen of death error message should not come back, at least for a while. And if it does again in the future, at least you will know exactly what you will need to do next time. Just make sure that you identify and remove each one of the drivers causing trouble.

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So this is how to fix Driver Power State Failure on Windows 10. If you have any feedback on our tutorial or would like to share your experience or any tips on fixing this error, please leave us a message in the comments section below.

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