Fix Driver Power Status Error in Windows 10 [Solved]

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Marie-Ange Demory
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One of the worst nightmares of any computer user is the blue screen of death error. The error codes and simultaneous causes may be different, but the horror remains the same; All of them result in an instant reboot of the system and anything unsaved is lost. Sometimes the system may not fully recover from the loss.

Of the many blue screen error codes, one of the most commonly reported is:


DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE


Understanding the cause

This error occurs when the display or WiFi drivers are out of date, although the problem may be associated with other crucial drivers as well. While the system is idle, these controllers go to a lower state (a kind of sleep state) to save battery and disk usage. When it starts working on the system again, it sends a signal to activate these controllers. However, if these drivers are not up to date, they will not be able to understand these signals and the drivers will not activate. Recognizing this fact, the system reacts by sending itself into recovery mode and this results in the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error.

Obviously the best prevention would be to keep updating Windows on time and occasionally update all crucial drivers individually. But if we are already facing this error then fixing it would require much more effort as the screen will not load or we may not be able to connect to the internet to update the drivers.

We may try the following solutions to solve the problem:

Note: Connect the system to the Internet via cable before starting any solution.

Solution 1] Uninstall the driver after logging into Windows in Safe Mode

Windows reinstalls the drivers every time we reboot the system. However, we have to uninstall the driver first, which is not possible since we cannot access Windows. Therefore, we may try to log in via Safe Mode. Safe mode uses a minimal set of drivers that can help the user get into the system and fix the problem.



1] Reboot the system and open the file Initial repair window. This can be done by quickly pressing the F12 button (or some other function key depending on the model) at the moment the system starts to boot either by pressing the Assist button, or by using the installation media.

2] Click Advanced options on him Initial repair window.

3] Select Solve problems then click Advanced options.

4] The next window reads as “Restart to change the Windows option as”. The option to enable Safe Mode is option number 4.

5] Reboot the system and choose option number 4 to log into the system Safe mode.

6] Once in the system, press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command devmgmt.msc. Press Enter to open the file Device administrator.

7] Although the problem with graphics and WiFi drivers is suspected, we never know exactly which driver was problematic. Then, right click the drivers one by one and update the driver software.

If it doesn't work, we could log back into the system in safe mode and uninstall the WiFi and graphics drivers and reboot the system.

Solution 2] Change the performance settings

In case updating the drivers as suggested in the previous step doesn't work, the problem would be with the system performance settings.


1] Log into your system at Safe mode and explained in the previous step and open the Run window.

2] Enter the command powercfg.cpl in the Run window and press Enter. Open the Power option window.


3] Click Change your plan settings next option whatever the power plan selected.


4] Expand PCI-Express in the list and then click Link State Power Management (depending on your system) and change the On Battery mode of this setting to Off.

5] Now go to Wireless Adapter Settings in the same list and expand it. Click Power Saving Mode and change the Connected status to Maximum Performance.

6] Click Apply and then OK to save the settings.

Restart your system and check if it solves the problem.

Hopefully these steps are helpful.

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