How to Fix Driver Power State Failure on Windows 10

By Camilla Mo in Common Errors Tags: BSODWindows 10
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If you get Driver Power State Failure error in Windows 10, don’t worry. The problem is probably caused by driver issues. To resolve the problem, you can uninstall the drivers with problems or update the drivers.

Solution 1: Uninstall the drivers with a problem

When you get this error, reboot your PC and enter Safe Mode. Check for the driver status in Device Manager. If you see a yellow mark next to a device, you can uninstall that device.

Firstly, enter Safe Mode:

If you know how to enter Safe Mode, skip this step.

Case 1. When you cannot boot Windows 10 successfully
Case 2. When you can boot Windows successfully

If you cannot boot Windows successfully, please follow steps below to enter safe mode:

1) Reboot your PC.

2) As soon as you reboot your PC, you may see the system is Preparing Automatic Repair. After that, Startup Repair window will appear.

Click Advanced options, then the system will direct the display to Windows RE (Recovery environment.). If the Startup Repair window does not appear, restart Windows again (You may need to restart Windows more than 2 times until the Startup Repair window appears).

2) In Windows RE (Recovery environment), click Troubleshoot.

3) Click Advanced options.

4) Click Startup Settings.

5) Click Restart.

6) On your keyboard, press 4 number key to enter Safe Mode.


If you can boot Windows successfully, follow steps below to enter safe mode:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time to invoke a Run command.

2) Type msconfig and click OK .

3) Click Boot tab. Under Boot options, check Safe boot and click OK .

4) Click Restart then you will enter Safe Mode.

Secondly, Uninstall the drivers with a problem:

After you enter Safe Mode, follow steps below to uninstall the problem drivers.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time to invoke a Run command.

2) Type devmgmt.msc and click OK.

3) Expand the category and find the device with a yellow mark.

4) Right click on the device.

5) Click Uninstall.

6) Repeat the steps above to uninstall all drivers with a yellow mark.

7) Reboot your PC.

IMPORTANT: If you enter safe mode in Windows Normal Mode, uncheck Safe boot after you uninstall the drivers. Then reboot your PC.

Solution 2: Update the drivers

The steps above may resolve the problem, but if they don’t, try to update the drivers.You can update the drivers manually, but if you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to all flagged devices to automatically download and install the correct version of their drivers (you can do this with the FREE version). Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

Hope you find the instructions above helpful. If you have any questions, please comment below, as we’d love to hear of any ideas and suggestions.

  • noor200_plays

    hello when i try to play csgo it says blue screen this didnt fix it help meh!

  • Pierre Bonhomme

    Hi, I get this error whenever I plug my adapter on my laptop.. I can’t manage to solve this problem. My fan starts to go crazy then the blue screen comes… but I don’t have any problems on battery. What should I do?

  • Dorian Garcia

    Hello, I have this error message when I try to turn on my computer. I can’t even enter safe mode or normal mode. I can only enter the bios. Please help me. This problem occured when I updated windows10. My computer was not able to detect my graphic card anymore. And now I can,t even turn it on 🙁

  • Robert Michael Andrews

    I’ve followed every step on this page updated every single driver in my computer and my laptop still crashes every time I try to load one of my games with the “driver-power-state-error” I even tried factory reset then updated everything again
    In my desperation to get this issue fixed I even forked out for the pro version of driver easy…. I AM THAT FAR AT WITS END!

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Robert,

      If Driver Easy doesn’t help resolve the problem either, please feel free to contact our support team at for further assistance. We would try our best effort to help you resolve the problem.

      If I can be of any further assistance, please leave your comments again. Thanks.

  • Soyeon Bak

    I bought this program for this error code, I followed everything that you wrote. But It’s not solved at all..
    What can I do after that? and If it’s not solved, can I get refund?

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Soyeon Bak,

      I’m sorry the problem is still there. Please contact our support team at for further assistance. We would try our best effort to help you resolve the problem. If the problem is not resolved and you’re not satisfied with our product and service, you can ask for full refund.

      Please leave your comment again if I can be of any further assistance.

  • Bhushan gawade

    If not enter safe mode then what I do sir

    • Camilla Mo


      Can you start Windows in Normal mode? If you can, please try the solutions in Case 2.

  • HisMajesty DD

    Yellow triangle with an exclamation I presume.

  • Camilla Mo

    Hi Daniel,

    Please ensure that you have typed “devmgmt.msc” correctly.

  • Helen Shin

    You need to pay to update the drivers??

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Helen Shin,

      You don’t have to. You can use the Free version to update the drivers one by one. You can expect it’s still more convenient than updating drivers manually.

      • Paróczi Patrik

        No, it isn’t more convenient… downloading a 400MB Nvidia/AMD driver with 50kb/s is ridiculous go and download it manually.

        • Camilla Mo

          Hi Paróczi Patrik,

          The speed of the Free version is limited. If you want to have higher download speed, you can consider upgrading to the Pro. We offer 30 days money back guarantee, if the Pro doesn’t satisfy you, please feel free to ask for a full refund.

          • bertie73

            Or just use google search for your driver on the manufacturer of the device’s support page and don’t use silly driver utilities that are a complete waste of time lol

            • Mountaser Halak

              Or just use DPS its free xD

  • Mikołaj Szostak

    I have a problem. The problem device for me is the Generic PnP Monitor, and after I uninstall it, it installs itself again, which still may cause blue screen, because that’s what happened today.

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Mikołaj Szostak,

      Generic PnP Monitor means the driver installed is from Microsoft. You can try to download and install the driver from manufacturer. This may fix the issue.

      • David Garcia Alanis

        how, I also have the same problem

  • Shivam Srivastava

    Thank u…. Great directions….problem solved

  • Ashley May

    Great directions! Very grateful for this link. Problem was solved!

  • Yeoshi Yamamoto

    Once again I see solutions to a problem that just does not work. I wasted dozens of hours trying to fix the issue using all the nonsense solutions on the net, update driver, update bios, scan viruses, uninstall driver, etc. etc. all nonsense includign safe mode junk solution. What did work on my Windows 8.1 Pro was to set Power Option settings to maximum power useage and ensure nothing is turned off by the PC. Also set all Driver Power Management boxes that are checked to uncheck status. That is a solution that works for me.

    • Like you mentioned, I don’t have any yellow or red signs in my driver’s list, no errors, no conflicts between them and I’m still experiencing blue screens with the mentioned error code on a daily basis. I’m using Win 10 64-Bit on HP Pavilion 17 laptop. No driver update/reinstall or BIOS update solved this issue for me and I’ve had these issues (although less often) on Win 8 and 8.1 as well. I believe I’ve done what you suggested before, but I will set the “High Performance” power plan on once again. I hope this deals with BSOD issues.

    • Yannick Bamona

      Woooow !! Thank you Yeoshi !! You just saved an anxious gamer. I was about to write to Nvidia because my Blue Screen Of Death started just after I updated my driver but I actually set a timer for sleep on both battery and sector usage on high performance. Really thank you !

  • unknownuser

    Hice el proceso luego les cuento si resulto, saludos

  • Raman Dhiman

    There is 2 different yellow sign, which one should be disabled??

    • sumit

      uninstall both of them.

  • Marlo

    thanks foor the great info

  • Jeffrey Roughgarden

    I find the Pro version of Driver Easy very, very useful. It is reasonably priced and covers up to three computers. I don’t work for the manufacturers, but am just a happy customer.

  • Abhiriksh

    I lost hotspot, internet connection. I thought reboot may solve problem. During reboot I got this message. After reboot, Windows 10 is running normally and I don’t have to search what driver is causing this problem. But I think it is bluetooth related. I got this error message second time in last 1 month since I bought new lapbook.

  • Théo Sire

    Thank you 🙂

    However, I couldn’t find my MediaTek Bluetooth device on safe mode. Still I uninstall it on normal mode, reboot, and it worked.

  • Clayton

    I tried taking my battery out for a day, putting it back in, pressing F8 and can’t get in the startup or anything, kept saying DRIVER_IQRL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (storahci.sys)

    Nothing is working and I need help

  • arif

    thanks for this solution 🙂

  • R. Hopkins

    You might want to see if it is your power supply. When you add more things to your computer, you forget that you tax the computer’s power needs and it gets to a tipping point. I added a 2nd HDD and an nVidia GF 970GTX but still had a 650w PSU. The 2nd HDD would be slow to spin up to be accessed and prolonged usage of it caused the computer to crash with a “Driver Power State” error. Once I upgraded the PSU to 1000w, the problem went away.

    • mac george

      good I think it could be best solution

    • akbar

      my friend is using 3 hard, one HDD & 2 SDD without any problem.

  • Asadullah

    its too good

  • giulia regan

    This is most odd because my surface lost internet connection and couldn’t find the hotspot on my phone. After trying various useless trouble-shooters and also restarting the router I tried to reboot but it went on a buffering loop. After about a minute I got the blue screen? sad face telling me that my pc had encountered a problem “they were fixing it” but I could check later for error driver-power-state-failure. The connection is back on ,thank you, but I am puzzled and no I don’t want to get into looking for faulty drivers I am fed up enough as it is with w10.

    • Glendy

      I lost my internet connection, wifi it’s gone. How can i fix that. Help please ?

    • Judah

      Yeah I had the same exact problem when tethering my computer to. Y phones hotspot

  • Shine Myint Myat

    Thank you very much pro

  • Arthor

    A yellow caution sign appeared on the “generic pnp monitor” should I Uninstall?

    • Elisabeth

      The same happened to me. I uninstalled it. Let’s see what happens…

      • James

        Same thing happened to me and it keeps installing the same broken driver back

      • Arijana

        I have the same problem, I try to uninstall pnp monitor but the problem only returns.

        • suraj

          same problem….what is the solution??

    • Steph

      Same here on an ASUS G73JW series. WHY?

    • morgan

      Same thing on Samsung NP350v5c… uninstall on safe mode but the problem persist.

    • Michael Mombourquette

      I got that too. when I double clicked on the driver, it shows a device status that says it cannot start when WIndows boots into safe mode, which is what you just did so no, I don’t think it is the problem in this case.

      • Lino Cordova

        You need to enable the group policy that says Prevent Installation of Devices not Described by other policy settings. This should give windows update the chance to find a compatible driver. But you have to restart your computer so that your computer can find another missing driver for a vga capable device then windows 10 will be able to find it. The problem for me is that this is a common rinse and repeat issue for me and I just want to fix it for good. It had finally been working for good until the windows anniversary update came out and messed everything up.

  • jwb

    As with other “driver update” programs, I have my problems & doubts with EasyDriver:
    => the scan shows “obsolete” drivers and recommends updates, which – according to a check with the hardware manager (system controls)- are already installed !
    => the scan shows “obsolete” drivers which my system does not need & never had need of (e.g. “XEON”)
    Suspicion: as with other driver management programs, EasyDriver is out to create panic and earn on the “simple solutions” full version !?!?!?
    I do not know about “fatal consequences” with this one yet, but other programs “improved” my system to inoperancy & complete re-installation; the similarity makes me nervous, so I’ll NOT touch it

    • camilla mo

      Hi jwb,

      I understand what you concern about. Please believe that Driver Easy is safe to your computer. It only provides you with official drivers from manufacturers.

      Regarding the scanning issue you mentioned, would you please provide us with further information so we could make a further check?
      Please send us the System Information and drivers that may have problem using Driver Easy Feedback tool. And screen shot of the problem would be greatly appreciated.

      We look forward to hearing from you.


    Thank you so much for your kind assistance. It worked just fine. Seems like the problem is solved. If it reoccurs, will call on this site again

  • Froukje

    Worked perfectly! Thank you very much

  • Digital flame

    Lol how did it get my gamejolt profile pick?

  • Marinache

    and it is possible to be because of my new 4gb rams ? maybe they are not compatible ?

  • Marinache

    I have assus 550jx , i7 with Nvidia Geforce 950 GTX.
    The first 2 days were good , but after . . . driver power failure …my nvidia card is not compatible sith wind 10 64 bits ?

  • Scamsoft

    So funny, crappy windows 10 now constantly goes to unhappy face rather than isolating and disabling problem. Now has reseted 3 times constantly, without able to sort itself out. How bad a microsoft programmers can be. I can easily fix the issue just by unplugging defective device. OS just keeps shutting down and shutting down to fix itself. In a endless loop.

  • Ama


    When I went into safe mode the driver I discovered with the icon was Generic PnP Monitor. When I uninstalled it and restarted my laptop it didn’t uninstall.

  • Annie

    Thank you for the post, I think it helped. Uninstalled Generic PnP Monitor. I got the DriverEasy free version and after manually downloading drivers, it keeps opening File Explorer. When I scan my computer again, it still says 18 devices need Updated Drivers. If I have to manually install them, then I have no idea.

    • camilla mo

      Dear Annie,

      If you are not sure how to use Driver Easy Free version to install drivers,you can consider purchasing the Professional version.
      With Professional version, all drivers can be updated automatically with just one click.You can have 30-day money back guarantee. You can ask for a full refund if you want.


  • Anonymous

    So my computer cant even ipen how am i suppose to do this if i cannot even open my computer.

    A while ago, it told me that it was a device power state failure then, i waited until it could reached 100% but it went to a screen the said “preparing automatic repair” And its veen like this for 2 hours. What should I do?

    • Bryan

      It sounds like your computer sounds like it’s frozen. Hold down the power button until the system shuts off. If it doesn’t turn off after about 5 seconds, if it’s a desktop, unplug it. If it’s a laptop, take out the battery. After turning it off, boot it into Advanced Boot Options with F8 while it’s booting.

  • Joseph Grech-Attard

    Worked perfectly. Thank you.

  • Aleksander

    A może po prostu wymienić kartę graficzną? Co sądzicie?

  • Rick

    Driver easy downloaded the driver but it didn’t seem to update it? How do u update the driver without buying the full version of driver easy?

    • camilla mo

      Dear Rick,

      The Free version requires you to manually update the drivers by using the driver installer files.
      You can consider upgrade it to Professional version. As you can see, with the full version, all drivers can be automatically updated with just one-click. It saves much time.

    • holy-juma

      came and let me assist you with my new an latest drivers i have….send me and emaiil we talk

  • Martin Hendrix

    Thanks for such a useful tips, I have been spending hours to fix this problem. It works great.

  • Konstantin

    Hey Guys,

    I tried a little bit around yesterday and found out that the problem is that some hard disks are having problems with the hybrid/sleep mode of windows and that they are disapearing after resume. Escpacially when using in combination with true crypt / vera crypt. Diesabling the hybrid mode worked for me in this case very well. You can do this somewhere in the energy settings (sorry don’t know exactly how the options are called in english cause I have a german windows 🙂 )

  • JasonD

    I have had endless problems with Windows 10 and Nvidia GeForce 750M. They are simply not compatible no matter how many times you go through the uninstall process safe mode or not. It is always a short term fix then the very next update to Windows 10 or the Nvidia driver the problem always returns. And I have seen other reports on the same problems with other Nvidia drivers with Windows 10 and have only seen temp fixes never a solution other than to go back to Windows 7 or 8,which ever your computer was running before the Windows 10 upgrade.

    • Bozislaw

      I completely agree with you. I couldn’t solve my VAIO’s display adapter driver (it seems it has nvidia chipset but not named nvidia) issues in win10. I am just waiting for microsoft fix it. I hope…

  • Ovi

    Thank you, it was very usefull. I followed these steps and that’s was all.

  • Richard L S Phua

    After i clicked ok having checked “safe mode” under boot, a dialogue box showed up saying “BitLocker Driver Encryption is enabled on your OS drive. Because these changes modify the machine’s boot settings, the machine will enter recovery mode at next boot and you will need to provide a BitLocker recovery key or recovery password. Are you sure you want to proceed?”

    Now I don’t think I know anything about Bitlocker key. What am i supposed to do?

    Thank u!

    • camilla mo

      Dear Richard L S Phua,

      Your OS drive is locked by BitLocker Driver Encryption, so you are required to use the recovery key to unlock it.
      If you don’t have the recovery key, you can consider to have your system reinstalled.

  • Ashley

    When I go to the advanced troubleshoot area the startup button is not there. I have been getting that error for awhile now my computer completely will not boot or do anything

    • camilla mo

      Dear Ashley,

      If the system can’t load the necessary configuration more than two times, the system will direct the display to Windows RE(Recovery environment).
      So try starting your PC more than 2 times to enter Recovery environment. Then choose to enter Safe Mode again.

  • Alekhya

    Hey, can I just uninstall any drivers with yellow icons? Wa f I uninstall something important?

    • camilla mo

      Dear Alekhya,

      If the drivers have yellow icons, they won’t work properly. So you can uninstall any drivers with yellow icons.
      After uninstalling the drivers, restart your PC for the changes to take effect. Some important drivers will be loaded automatically.
      Alternatively, you can use Driver Easy to help update drivers.

      • Cassidy

        Even if one of the corrupt drivers is the Generic PnP Monitor? I’m nervous to uninstall that one particularly.

        • camilla mo

          Dear Cassidy,

          It is ok to uninstall this driver. After uninstalling, restart your PC then Windows will load the driver automatically.

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  • Greg

    Is there a way3?

  • hamza zar

    it’s work tahank you

  • Garrick

    Looks like I have to buy the upgrade of the Driver Easy program.

    • camilla mo

      Dear Garrick,

      You don’t have to buy the upgrade, as the Free version also helps update the drivers.
      But with the upgraded version, you can have higher download speed and all drivers can be updated automatically.

  • Vikas

    Hi, is Driver Easy compatible with Windows 10 32 bit? I recently upgraded to Windows 10 operating system.

    • camilla mo

      Hi Vikas,

      Driver Easy is compatible with Windows 10 32-bit and 64- bit.

  • Rohit

    Does it work ….anyone ?

  • Razvan

    Thanks for help. All the best

  • dan

    how do i know which driver it is?

  • Olexandr

    Thanks for help.

  • Andre Louwrens

    Thank you for useful and effective assistance.