Fix Driver Power State Failure Windows 10

Fix Driver Power State Failure Windows 10

Driver Power State Failure (0x0000009F) mostly occur due to outdated or incompatible drivers for the hardware devices of your PC. Driver Power State Failure is an error which is displayed on Blue Screen of Death(BSOD), which doesn’t mean that your computer can’t be repaired, it just means that the PC has encountered something that it didn’t know what to do.

Fix Driver Power State Failure Error

And the biggest problem you encounter is that you can’t log on to the Windows, because every time you restart your PC you will be shown Driver Power State Failure Error ( DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE Error ), hence you are stuck in an endless loop. However, this error is totally fixable if you will follow this article as shown below.


NOTE: Most of the users who encounter this issue have put their computer to sleep and when they try to wake up their PC they encounter this error.
The most common driver which cause this error are antivirus software’s, so try to disable them and try to reboot your Windows. Always update your BIOS!

Fix Driver Power State Failure or DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE Error:

Before going any further let’s discuss how to Enable Legacy Advanced Boot Menu so that you can easily get into Safe Mode:

1. Restart your Windows 10.

2.As the system restarts enter into BIOS setup and configure your PC to boot from CD/DVD.

3.Insert the Windows 10 bootable installation DVD and restart your PC.

4.When prompted to Press any key to boot from CD or DVD, press any key to continue.

5.Select your language preferences, and click Next. Click Repair your computer in the bottom-left.

Repair your computer

6.On choose an option screen, click Troubleshoot.

Choose an option at windows 10

7.On Troubleshoot screen, click Advanced option.

troubleshoot from choose an option

8.On Advanced options screen, click Command Prompt.

Fix Driver Power State Failure open command prompt

9.When the Command Prompt(CMD) open type C: and hit enter.

10.Now type the following command:


11.And hit enter to Enable Legacy Advanced Boot Menu.

Advanced boot options

12.Close Command Prompt and back on the Choose an option screen, click continue to restart Windows 10.

13.Finally, don’t forget to eject your Windows 10 installation DVD, in order to boot into safe mode.


Method 1: Uninstall Problematic Driver

1. As the computer restarts, press F8 to display the Advanced Boot Options and select Safe Mode.

2.Hit enter to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode.

open safe mood windows 10 legacy advanced boot

3.Press Windows Key + R and type “devmgmt.msc” then hit enter to open Device Manager.

devmgmt.msc device manager

4.Now inside Device Manager, you must see the problematic device driver (it has a yellow mark next to it).

Device manager ethernet adaptor error

Also, see Fix This device cannot start (Code 10)

5.Once the problematic device driver is identified, right click and select Uninstall.

6.When asked for confirmation, click Ok.

7.Once the driver is uninstalled restart Windows 10 normally.

Method 2: Check Windows Minidump file

1.Let’s first make sure that minidumps are enabled:

a)Press Windows Key + R and type “sysdm.cpl” then press enter.
system properties sysdm
b)Go to advanced tab and click on the Settings button in Startup and Recovery.
system properties advanced startup and recovery settings

c)Ensure that Automatically restart under System failure is unchecked.
d)Under the Write Debugging Information header, select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box.
startup and recovery settings small memory dump and uncheck automatically restart
e)Make sure that the Small Dump Directory is listed as %systemroot%\Minidump.
d)Click OK and restart your PC to apply the changes.

2.Now install this program called WhoCrashed.

3.Run WhoCrashed and click on Analyze.


4.Scroll down to view the report and check for the problematic driver.

crash dump analysis driver power state failure error

5.Finally, update the driver and Reboot to apply your changes.

6.Now Press Windows key + R and type “msinfo32” then hit enter.


7.In System Summary make sure all your drivers are up to date.

8.Make sure your BIOS is also updated, else update it.

9.Select Software Environment and then click on Running Tasks.

software environment variables running tasks

10.Again make sure the drivers have updated i.e. no drivers have file dated back to 2 years.

11.Reboot your PC and the Driver Power State Failure or DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE Error must be fixed.


Method 3: Run System File Check (SFC)

1.In the safe mode, Right click on Start and select Command Prompt(Admin) to open cmd.

2.Type the following command in cmd: /scannow

SFC scan now command prompt

3.Let system file check run, usually, it takes 5 to 15 minutes.
Note: Sometimes you have to run SFC command 3-4 times to fix the problem.

4.After the process is finished and you receive the following message:

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. Details are included in the
CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log.

5.Simply restart your PC and see if the problem is resolved or not.

6.If you receive the following message:

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the
CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log.
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them

7.Then you have to manually repair corrupted files, to do this first view details of the SFC process.

8.At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log >"%userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt"

9.Open the Sfcdetails.txt file from your desktop.

10.The Sfcdetails.txt file uses the following format:
Date/Time SFC detail

11.The following sample log file contains an entry for a file that could not be repaired:

2014-02-17 02:40:22, CSI 000001aa [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:22{11}]"autochk.exe" of Microsoft-Windows-Autochk, 
Version = 6.1.7600.16385, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken
= {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch

12.Now type the following command in the cmd:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth && DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

cmd restore health system

This will run DSIM(Deployment Image Servicing and Management) restore commands and will fix SFC errors.

13.After running DISM it is a good idea to re-run SFC /scannow to make sure all the issues were fixed.

14.If for some reason DISM command is not working try this SFCFix Tool.

15.Restart your PC and check for the Driver Power State Failure Error.


Method 4: Restore you PC to earlier time

1.Press Windows Key + R and type”sysdm.cpl” then hit enter.

system properties sysdm

2.Select System Protection tab and choose System Restore.

system restore in system properties

3.Click Next and choose a desired System Restore point.


4.Follow on screen instruction to complete system restore.

5.After reboot, you must have fixed the Driver Power State Failure.

That’s it you have successfully fixed Driver Power State Failure error if you still have any question regarding this post feel free to ask them in comments.

Also, see How to Fix Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC:


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