Solved: Driver Power State Failure Error In Windows 11

Is your Windows 11 computer crashes with the driver power state failure BSOD error? Don't worry, this article offers multiple potential fixes for this error.

Driver Power State Failure you may experience this blue screen error when you boot your Windows 11 computer or wake the system from sleep mode. Or sometimes while working and completing normal tasks laptop freezes and suddenly crashes with a Blue screen error driver_power_state_failure on Windows 11. This blue screen error usually means the driver on your computer has entered an invalid or inconsistent power state, and to avoid further damage system shuts down and displays a blue screen with the error code Driver Power State Failure. Here in this article, we have prepared a few effective solutions that you can apply to troubleshoot or fix the DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE (BSOD) error in Windows 11.

You can fix windows 11 blue screen error by updating device drivers and disabling the fast startup feature

Driver Power State Failure Error In Windows 11

There are numerous circumstances that may cause this blue screen error on Windows 11. outdated drivers on your PC, Driver conflicts, faulty hardware, improper power settings, or system file corruption are some common reasons. It can be fixed by removing recent driver updates, changing some power settings, or disabling fast startup, amongst others.

Whenever you experience a blue screen error on your computer, remove the external devices connected to your computer including printer, scanner or external HDD (excluding keyboard and mouse), and reboot your PC. This is also helpful if the driver power state failure error starts after installing newly installed hardware.

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If due to this blue screen error system crashes frequently, start Windows 11 in safe mode and apply the solutions listed below.

Install the latest Windows 11 updates

Microsoft regularly drops Windows updates to patch security gaps, that not only include security enhancements and address previous problems but also bring driver updates that are probably very helpful to fix blue screen errors on Windows 11. Let’s check and allow download and install if pending updates are there and look for driver updates as well.

  • Press the Windows key + X and select settings from the context menu,
  • Go to Windows Update then hit check for Updates button to look for available updates,
  • If pending updates there allow them to download and install on your computer,

windows 11 update

  • Now click on Advanced options, then Optional updates
  • Expand the Driver updates and check the box for any available updates under it,

Download optional updates

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Finally, click on the download & install button to get the driver updates from the Microsoft server and install on your device. Once done you need to reboot your computer to apply them.

Run the power troubleshooter

Running the built-in Windows power troubleshooter is very effective hence it helps fix driver_power_state_failure issues for many users.

  • Press the Windows key + X and select settings from the context menu,
  • Navigate the system click on troubleshoot in the right pane then select Other troubleshooters,
  • This will display all available troubleshooters list, scroll down to locate power and Click on Run next to it.

Power troubleshooter windows 11

  • This will open the power troubleshooter and diagnose and detect the issuers with power settings,
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to make the necessary changes and reboot your PC.

Disable fast startup

The fast startup feature enhances boot time on your computer but sometimes causes compatibility issues that may lead to driver_power_state_failure BSOD error. A number of users mentioned disabling the fast startup option help them fix different blue screen errors on their computers.

  • Press Windows key + R, type powercfg.cpl and click ok to open the power options window,
  • Click on Choose what the power buttons do, then Change settings that are currently unavailable
  • In the next window, uncheck the boxes for fast startup, Sleep, and Hibernate, and click then click on the Save Changes option.
  • Once done, go ahead and restart your PC.

fast startup windows 11

Modify Power Plan Settings

Sometimes incorrect power settings on your computer such as power saving can result in the driver power state failure. Let’s turn off the power-saving option and Switch to High-performance power plan which is probably an inevitable solution.

  • Press Windows key + R, type powercfg.cpl and click ok to open the power options window,
  • Expand the show additional plans and select the high-performance radio button,

High performance power plan

  • Now next to the selected power plan click on change plan settings then click on change advanced power settings,
  • A new pop-up window opens, here expand PCI express then Link State Power Management and set it for Maximum power savings.

Maximum power saving

  • Next, Navigate to Wireless Adapter Settings>Power Saving Mode to make sure the Setting option is Maximum Performance.

Check for driver update

Outdated or incompatible drivers are the primary reason behind this problem. Let’s check and update the essential drivers on your computer to fix this blue screen error on Windows 11.

  • Press Windows key + X and select Device Manager,
  • This will display a list of connected devices and peripherals to your computer
  • Expand them and look for any drivers present there with a yellow exclamation mark,
  • If you find any right click on it select Update the driver, click on Search automatically for drivers and follow the on-screen instructions,

update graphics driver

In the same way, we recommend check and update the essential drivers on your computer including:

  • Display driver (Graphics driver)
  • Audio Driver
  • Network adapter driver (Or wifi)

Or you can visit device manufacturers to download the latest driver update for your device. If you have HP, Dell, or Acer laptops then you can visit their official support site. Or you can download the driver’s device update such as NVIDIA, or AMD Graphics driver from their official site.

Download NVIDIA Graphics driver

Once the driver is updated, reboot your machine once again and see if the issue is resolved.

Rollback driver update

Well if you notice this problem driver_power_state_failure Error started after the driver update there is an option to roll back the driver update which probably helps fix the blue screen error on your computer.

  • Press Windows key + I to open the settings app click on Windows Update,
  • Click on update history then expand the driver section, this will display the recently installed driver list,

Recently updated driver list

  • Now open the device manager using devmgmt.msc, locate the driver you have noted on the driver update history right click on it select properties,
  • In the properties window, go to the Driver tab and click on the Roll Back driver option.
  • In the new window, you will have to choose the reason for uninstalling the update and then press the Yes button at the bottom.

Rollback driver update windows 11

Run system file checker utility

The SFC will scan for any corrupted system file that leads to this error and fix it.

  • Press Windows key + S and type cmd, right-click on the command prompt select run as administrator,
  • Type the command SFC /scannow and press enter key to scan all protected system files and replace corrupted files with a cached copy

system file checker windows 11

  • In addition, run the DISM restore health command DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth to perform an advanced scan and repair the Windows 11 image

Once the scan completes reboot your computer and check if the driver power state failure error no longer exists.

Scan for malware or virus

If the system is infected with a virus or malware it may freeze Windows PC and crash with driver_power_state_failure error in Windows 11. We recommend performing a full system scan for viruses or malware infections. you can use Build in Windows security (Windows Defender) or prefer third-party antivirus as well.

  • Press Windows key + S type Windows security and select the first result,
  • Click on Virus & threat protection, then Click on Scan options under the Quick scan button.
  • Select the Full Scan option and then click on Scan Now.

Full scan with windows security

Did the above solutions fix the driver power state failure error in Windows 11? let us know in the comments below.

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