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August 14, 2020

How to Fix 'Driver Power State Failure' Error in Windows


Windows 10 displays its conventional ‘blue screen of death' message when a 'Driver power state failure' error occurs.

This error is driven whenever there is any issue related to drivers.

But, unlike the other errors that trigger the ‘blue screen of death' message in Windows, the driver power state failure error is pretty trouble-free and easy to fix. More Blue Screen of Death error, check here.

You can check by restarting your PC to see if the error goes away; if it goes away, then it means that the error has been resolved or was triggered mistakenly.

In case if the error is still there, then you can use the solutions given later in this article to fix the error.

Reasons for the error

The 'Driver power state failure' could occur due to one or more of the following reasons.

Reason 1: This driver-related error usually is invoked because of outdated drivers or drivers that are not compatible with the system.

It is essential to keep your drivers always updated and compatible with the system.

Reason 2: Often, malicious software or virus overwrite or corrupt the drivers, which leads to the 'Driver power state failure' error.

It would be best if you always stay careful while downloading and storing files on your computer.

Here are all the solutions that you can use to fix this error.

Keep trying the next one until you achieve success.


By using the first solution, you can fix the 'Driver power state failure' error by updating the display adapters.

Below is a step-by-step method explaining the whole process to update the display adapters.

Step 1: Go to the search box in your start menu and search for the device manager. Then go to the device manager.

Step 2: From the device manager, go to display adapters.

In this display adapters, right-click on Intel (News - Alert)(R) HD Graphics Family.

From the right-click menu of Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, go to update driver software.

Step 3: Now click on search automatically for update driver software

Step 4: Once the update is completed, click on the close button situated on the bottom of the update window and restart your PC.

The error should get fixed after the reboot, but if it doesn't, try the next solution.


Through this solution, you can fix the error by changing the power plan settings.

Follow the instructions given below to change the power plan settings:

Step 1: Open the control panel and click on power options.

Step 2: In the power options, select Balanced.

Step 3: Now click on what the power button does button situated on the left side of the screen.

Step 4: From there, click on change settings that are currently unavailable.

Step 5: Uncheck Turn on fast startup and sleep.

Then click on save changes.

Step 6: Reboot your PC, and the error should get fixed.

Try the next solution if the error doesn’t get fixed.


If the 'Driver power state failure' has occurred after you have downloaded a new software on your PC, then uninstall the newly downloaded software because maybe that software could be the reason for triggering the error.

Step 1: Go to the Control panel and uninstall the newly downloaded software.

Step 2: Restart your PC.

If the error goes away, then it means that the software was either malicious or not compatible with the system.


You can use the system file checker on Windows to fix this error by following this step-by-step method.

Step 1: Go to the start menu and search for cmd.

Step 2: Make a right-click on Command prompt and then click on Run as administrator.

Step 3: Type sfc /scannow and hit enter.


By verifying the integrity of drivers through Microsoft (News - Alert)'s sigverif tool, you can find out the driver that is outdated or pirated and might be causing the error.

The method to use sigverif and verify your drivers are given below:

Step 1: Search for sigverif in the start menu and then click on sigverif.

Step 2: Click on Advanced and select 'Look for other files that are not digitally signed.’

Step 3: At the Look in this folder, type C: \Windows\system32\drivers and hit enter.

Important : Please replace C with the drive in which your Windows is installed.

Step 4: Go to logging and select the Save the file signature verification results to a log file box.

Step 5: Click on Ok and then on Start.

Step 6: Update or disable all the drivers that the system file checker displays in its report because those drivers typically trigger the 'Driver power state failure' error.


This error can also be caused by a change in the hardware of the system.

So if you have added a new hardware part recently, follow this step-by-step to check if that newly added hardware part is invoking the error.

Step 1: Fully turn off your PC.

Step 2: Remove the newly added hardware part.

Step 3: Turn on your computer.

If the error disappears, then it is an indication that the newly added hardware part was incompatible and triggered the error.


If none of the solutions given above work for you, you should try to reinstall Windows on your PC.

To reinstall Windows, you will obviously need to have a Windows installation disc.

Step 1: Insert the Windows installation disc into your CD-ROM.

Step 2: Restart your PC.

Step 3: Press any on your keyboard when the 'press any key to continue' message appears.

Step 4: Select a language input and click on Next.

Step 5: Then click on install now.

For more detailed steps, check out this page.


The 'driver power state failure' error is a driver related error that occurs when a driver is outdated or incompatible with the system.

The error can also occur in case of a virus or malware.

If this error occurs in your PC, you can fix it by various solutions explained in detail earlier.

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