Fix: Driver Power state failure in Windows 10

You may have encountered DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE and looking for some reasons and solutions to this issue then this guide is for you.
There are a few reasons which may cause you to encounter Driver Power State Failure on Windows 8.1 & Windows 10. The most common cause of this issue is when either your device or device driver goes into the sleep mode while still using the device.
The Windows OS will then send a wake-up signal to the device in order to get the device working again. If the device does not respond to the call then this is when the OS will raise this error. The issue may also be related to your system settings; hence here we will be exploring the ways to deal with this issue.

Fix Driver Power State Failure In Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 [2019]

Fix 1: Changing Power settings.

The power settings on your device might be the culprit in this case. So here are the ways how you resolve the driver  using the settings:

  1. Open the Run box using the Windows key + R key.
  2. Then go for the Control Panel by searching for it.
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  3. Select Power Options category.
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  4. You need to make sure that in the preferred plans section, ‘Balanced (recommended)’ option is selected. Then click on the ‘Change plan settings’ option of the ‘Balanced’ option.
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  5. In the edit plan settings window click on ‘Change advanced power settings’.
  6. In the list, expand the ‘Power Saving Mode’. Change the associated setting to the ‘Maximum Performance’.
  7. Expand the PCI Express and in turn the Link Power Management. Change the corresponding settings to the ‘Maximum Power Savings’.
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  8. Click on Apply and then OK.
  9. Then reboot the PC to see if the issue is gone. Just in case if the issue is not resolved. Then consider the other options below
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Fix 2: Uninstalling Corrupted Drivers

Drivers are the pieces of codes that allow the components of the Windows to interact with each other.
Using corrupt drivers can also sometimes cause this issue of driver power state failure on Windows 10. For checking the status of your device drivers, you can view the status of the Driver in the Device manager. There are some indicators present which will give you the idea of the status of the drivers.

If you can see a yellow indicator next to a certain device then you should install that driver. If you see no such issue then you can try out the other ways.

It is quite easy to uninstall the corrupted drivers, here are the steps how you can do it:

  1. Open up the ‘Run box’ using the Windows Key + ‘R’ Key.
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and then click on OK.
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  3. Expand all categories and then navigate to the device with the corrupt driver status.
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  4. Right click on the device and then click Uninstall device. This will force uninstall the device drivers from your system.
  5. After you are done with uninstalling all the drivers, then reboot your PC to check if the issue is gone. If not then you may need to try another way.

Fix 3: Updating Drivers

In case the other ways have not worked for you then you may have to update your drivers. It is possible to update the drivers either manually or with the automated software.

The software for this purpose is ‘Driver easy’. You can update your previous drivers or update the new ones using this software. Generally, the drivers are installed or updated along with the Windows Updates, but here is the way to do it manually.

  1. Start Device Manager.
  2. Here you will be able to find a number of categories. Go for the relevant devices such as monitors or the network adapters.driver power state failure
  3. For example, expand the ‘Monitor’ option, you will find a number of devices. Right-click on the device and select Update driver.
  4. Select ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’.
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  5. Just in case if the windows is not able to find the driver then you can search for the website of the manufacturer, download the driver from there and follow the instructions available.
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Some of the driver publishers from where you can find the drivers are:

  • Nvidia.
  • Intel.
  • AMD.

There is another option for you if just in case manual installation does not work and there are issues with your driver. Repeat the 2 steps given above, you will see the list. You can right-click on the desired driver and uninstall it.

Restart your PC and the driver power state failure error shouldn’t appear anymore on your system.

If you are still getting the driver power state failure error, you should proabably get your hardware checked by any recognized service center.

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