Solved: Driver Power State Failure on Windows 10/11

Roxanne updated on Jun 28, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

Have you encountered a "driver power state failure" blue screen of death (BSOD)? This error occurs when a driver on your PC malfunctions or goes to sleep while you're still using the computer. This error typically occurs due to issues with device drivers, which will cause the PC to malfunction or go to sleep while you're still using it. Don't worry. EaseUS will provide nine tested and safe solutions according to users' real cases. 

How to Fix Driver Power State Failure - 9 Ways

This part will cover a comprehensive tutorial on nine effective ways to fix the "driver power state failure" blue screen of death (BSOD). Follow us to learn how to address this problem seamlessly.

Before You Do: Disconnecting all peripherals can help identify if a peripheral is causing the issue. Thus, external devices like USB should be removed first.

Way 1. Use Professional BSOD Repair Tool

EaseUS Partition Master Professional is a reliable and versatile tool for repairing blue screen of death (BSOD) errors and other system issues. It offers a "Boot Repair" feature to fix various boot-related problems, including blue screens, black screens, and other system failures. The software includes a "Blue Screen" tool that can provide details on specific BSOD errors and offer solutions:

Free Download 

Windows 11/10/8/7100% Secure

If your computer is unbootable now, start with Step 1 here. If it's bootable, move to Step 3 and start the process.

Step 1. Prepare a new PC and create a bootable media with EaseUS Partition Master

  • On a new computer, connect an empty USB to your PC.
  • Install and launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to the Bootable Media section, select "Create bootable media" and click "Next".
  • Select the empty USB or external disk as target disk to create the bootable media for creating a Blue Screen error check tool.

Step 2. Boot PC from EaseUS bootable USB

Then, connect the bootable USB to your PC with Blue screen error, and reboot PC from the USB by configuring it as a boot drive. The process is: restart PC, press F2/F8/F11/Del key to enter BIOS, go to boot menu and configure the USB as boot drive, save changes and restart the PC.

Step 3. Enable EaseUS Partition Master with its Boot Repair feature, and open "Blue Screen" tool.

When EaseUS Partition Master launches, go to the Toolkit section and click "Boot Repair".

Open blue screen error check feature

Then, click "Blue Screen" and click the listed Blue Screen error to check it's details. Or, you can type in a specific blue screen code or description to find the respective answer for fixing it.

Check blue screen error

Step 4. Fix blue screen error

  • Now, you can follow the solution guide to get rid of the respective BSOD or blue screen issue from your PC.
  • If it doesn't work, you can also click the "Live Chat" button to request a remote assistance for fixing this issue with the help of EaseUS tech support team.

Other Key Features of EaseUS Partition Master

In addition to fixing the "driver power state failure" blue screen of death error, EaseUS Partition Master can also scan for and fix corrupted file systems and bad sectors on hard drives:

This tool can also be applied to partition management and disk optimization, download it and find more possibilities:

Free Download 

Windows 11/10/8/7100% Secure

Way 2. Update All System Drivers

An incorrect device driver may cause a driver power state failure error on Windows 10/11. Hence, it is important to update the device driver to the latest version. Below are how to update system drivers via third-party driver update tool, Device Manager, and Windows Update:

Option 1. Use Easy Third-party Driver Update Tool

To save more time, we highly recommend EaseUS DriverHandy, which will automatically detect the latest driver and help the user perform a one-click update:

Free Download 

Windows 11/10/8/7100% Secure

Step 1. Install and start EaseUS DriverHandy. Click the "Scan" button.


Step 2. Find the outdated drivers and select "Update."

Option 2. Use Device Manager for Drivers Update

Step 1. Search and open Device Manager in the Windows Start menu.


Step 2. Expand categories to see device names.

Step 3. Right-click on a device and select "Update driver."


Step 4. Choose "Search automatically for updated driver software."

Option 3. Use Windows Search for Update

Step 1. Open Windows Settings by pressing "Windows + I" and go to Windows Update.

Step 2. Click "Check for Updates" to scan for and install any available driver updates.


Way 3. Identify and Update Problematic Drivers

Driver-causing issues will lead to driver power state failure BSOD error. In this case, you can find and update the driver causing the issue in Windows Device Manager:

Step 1. Use Device Manager to find and update the driver causing the issue:

Step 2. Press "Windows + S" and type Device Manager.

Step 3. Look for any devices with a yellow warning sign.

Step 4. Right-click on the problematic device and select "Update Driver."

Way 4. Turn Off  Power Saving & Fast Startup

According to Microsoft, some devices may encounter the "Driver Power State Failure" error when utilizing particular power plans. To resolve this problem, users can turn off the Power Saving or Fast Startup plan and change to a different power plan:

Step 1. Open Settings with "Windows + I."

Step 2. Go to "System -" > "Power & sleep."

Step 3. Change the power mode to Balanced or High performance.

Or you can improve your PC's performance in Control Panel:

  • Switch to Control Panel > Hardware > Sound and Power Options.
  • Click "Change power settings" next to the active power plan and choose "Change advanced power settings."
  • Then, select the "Change settings that are currently unavailable" option.
  • Depending on your computer, locate and set Graphics Settings/PCI Express and Link State Power Management to Maximum Performance.
  • For Wireless Adapter Settings, enhance it to Maximum performance.
  • Restart your computer.

Way 5. Rollback Recent Driver Update

The newly updated driver may cause the Driver Power State Failure error. Rolling back to the previous version:

Step 1. To access Device Manager, right-click the Windows start button and choose it.

Step 2. Right-click on the device driver that isn't working properly and choose "Roll Back."

Step 3. Next, select "Properties" from the context menu.

Step 4. Select the "Roll Back Driver" button under the Driver tab.

Share this solution collection with your friends who are facing the same problem:


Way 6. Run Microsoft troubleshoot

If you don't know where the problem is, you can simply run Microsoft troubleshooter to detect and repair issues:

Step 1. Click the "Start" icon and select Settings. Alternatively, you can press the "Windows + I" keys to bring it up.

Step 2. Navigate to Update & Security>Troubleshoot>Additional Troubleshooters.

Step 3. Select each to run the troubleshooter, and wait patiently.

Way 7. Repair Corrupted Drives and System Files

Sometimes, corrupted hard drives or system files can lead to various BSOD errors. Using EaseUS Partition Master and built-in Windows tools can help you fix corrupted system files:

Option 1. Best System File and Hard Drive Bad Sector Repair Tool

EaseUS Partition Master can diagnose and repair corruption/failure of the disk and system file. Follow the easy steps:

Free Download 

Windows 11/10/8/7100% Secure

Step 1. Right-click the target partition that has a problem.

Step 2. Choose "Advanced" > "Check File System".

Step 3. Confirm if you want to hide the partition or not.

Step 4. In the Check File System window, check the "Try to fix errors if found" option.

Step 5. Click "Start" to check errors on your partition.

Option 2. Windows System File Checker

Step 1. Open Command Prompt as an administrator.

Step 2. Run DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and sfc /scannow.

related articles

How to Run SFC/SCANNOW and DISM in Windows [2024 Guide]

In this post, users will discover the specific tutorial on how to run DISM and sfc/scannow commands in Windows.


Way 8. Revert All Hardware Changes

If you have installed new hardware or added a new RAM or an SSD on your Windows PC, it may cause the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error. Thus, revert all changes:

Step 1. Remove any new hardware components like RAM or SSD.

Step 2. Restart your computer to see if the issue persists

Way 9. Update BIOS

Updating your BIOS can sometimes resolve compatibility issues:

Step 1. Visit your motherboard or laptop manufacturer's website.

Step 2. Download and install the latest BIOS update following their instructions.

Why Does Driver Power State Failure Happen?

Driver Power State Failure typically occurs due to the following reasons:

  • Incompatible or outdated device drivers: When drivers are incompatible with the current Windows version or outdated, they can cause conflicts, leading to this error.
  • Improper power settings: Incorrect power management settings, especially related to sleep or hibernation modes, can trigger this issue.
  • USB storage devices: External USB drives, flash drives, or drive docks are common culprits for this error.
  • Recent hardware changes: Adding new hardware components like RAM or SSDs can sometimes lead to driver conflicts.
  • Corrupted drivers: Drivers that have become corrupted for various reasons can cause this BSOD error.
  • Invalid or inconsistent power states: When a hardware component is running at invalid or inconsistent power levels, Windows may show this error to prevent potential damage.
  • Fast Startup feature: In some cases, Windows' Fast Startup feature can contribute to this error.
  • Recent driver updates: Sometimes, newly installed driver updates may be incompatible or buggy, leading to this issue.
  • BIOS issues: Outdated BIOS versions can sometimes cause driver power state failures


In conclusion, numerous methods exist to address the Driver Power State Failure error, and it's important to approach the issue systematically. Start with simpler solutions like updating drivers, changing power settings, or disconnecting external devices before moving on to more complex fixes.

If these methods don't resolve the issue, consider using specialized software tools to diagnose and repair Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) errors. One particularly effective solution is the BSOD repair feature in EaseUS Partition Master, an exceptional tool for resolving Driver Power State Failure errors.

Free Download 

Windows 11/10/8/7100% Secure

FAQs About Driver Power State Failure

This part will help you learn additional information about the Driver Power State Failure blue screen error:

1. What is driver state failure?

When your Windows computer's drivers are corrupted, you may get a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) issue known as Driver Power State Failure. Windows presents this BSOD error when one of your computer's hardware components operates at an invalid or irregular power level.

2. How do I update the power driver?

Here is how you can update the power driver:

Step 1: Click the Start button, perform a right-click, and choose Device Manager from the menu.

Step 2: Enlarge the category where the device you wish to update is located.

Step 3: Select "Update driver" with a right-click on the device.

Step 4: Choose "Automatically search for updated driver software."

3. How do I fix the blue screen error in Windows 10?

You can try to boot into the Safe Mode, use the Windows Startup Repair tool, or perform BSOD repair of EaseUS Partition Master:

📖Detailed Guide: How to Fix Blue Screen of Death in Windows

Was This Page Helpful?


Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created over 200 posts that help users solve multiple issues and failures on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, and Macs. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interests.

Read full bio

Totalav antivirus software

EaseUS Data Recovery Services

Request a free evaluation >>

EaseUS data recovery experts have uneaqualed expertise to repair disks/systems and salvage data from all devices like RAID, HDD, SSD, USB, etc.