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Driver power state failure Windows 10: 7 fixes

Windows is a rather well made OS, and Microsoft has spent a significant amount of time optimising the OS to get it where it is today. However, it still isn’t immune to random bugs and glitches.

In this article, we’re talking about the driver power state failure issue in Windows and what you can do to eliminate the ‘Driver power state failure Windows 10’ error.


Update your drivers 

The first thing you’re going to want to do is to update all concerned drivers. This can be done via the Device Manager or through a driver’s update utility (such as Geforce Experience for Nvidia GPUs). Regardless, this error is almost always caused by a buggy driver which needs an update.

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Try disabling your antivirus

Some overly aggressive antivirus software can often interfere with your system’s functioning causing errors like these. If you’re having trouble, try disabling your antivirus temporarily to see if that solves your problem. 


Run an SFC scan

Corrupt files are the number one reason why your PC might be behaving weirdly. Here’s how you can get rid of them and potentially resolve your issue. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + S to bring up the Cortana/Search box and search for Powershell. Open Windows Powershell from the search results.

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Step 2: Type sfc /scannow to scan your system for issues. 

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Step 3: If the SFC scan finds any problem, use the following command to resolve them. 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
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Restart your PC, and the ‘Driver power state failure Windows 10’ error should’ve been resolved. If that doesn’t help, you can also run a DISM scan to resolve any other errors by using this guide

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Disable fast startup

Fast startup saves your PC usage state on a disk and fetches it when you reboot your PC. Disabling it can help get rid of this issue. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Power & Sleep Settings. Click the corresponding search result. 

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Step 2: Click on Additional power settings on the right. 

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Step 3: Click Choose what the power buttons do on the left. 

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Step 4: Click the Change settings that are currently unavailable option and then disable the fast startup, sleep and hibernate settings. 

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Now restart your PC, and it should work just fine. 


Change your power plan settings

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Power & Sleep Settings. Click the corresponding search result. 

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Step 2: Click on Additional power settings on the right. 

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Step 3: Click Change plan settings in front of your active power plan. 

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Step 4: Click Change advanced power settings.

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Step 5: Expand the Sleep option and make sure Sleep and Hibernation are set to never. Do the same with the Power buttons and lid section.

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Now restart your PC, and the ‘Driver power state failure Windows 10’ error should be fixed.

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Update your GPU drivers 

Outdated GPU drivers can also cause this issue in particular. While you should update all your drivers, if you run into an error like this, take special care of your display drivers. 

Step 1: Right-click Start and select Device Manager from the menu.

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Step 2: Under Display Adaptors. find your graphics card’s name, right-click on it and click on Update Drivers.

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Step 3: Click on Search automatically for drivers. Windows will then automatically look for and download the latest drivers for your particular GPU.

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While this should help resolve the error, in case it doesn’t, click Uninstall device and restart your PC to force Windows to install the required drivers. You can then update them later. The ‘Driver power state failure Windows 10’ error should be fixed.


Check network adaptor power options

Incorrect or inconsistent power to your network adaptor can also cause this error. 

Step 1: Right-click Start and select Device Manager from the menu.

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Step 2: Find your network adaptor and double click it to open its properties. 

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Step 3: Head over to the Power Management tab and uncheck the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power option.

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