[Solved] Kernel Power 41 Critical Error on Windows 10

By April Cai in Common Errors Tags: Windows 10

If your computer didn’t shut down cleanly, or it restarts unexpectedly, Kernel Power 41 Critical Error may occur on your computer.  It’s shown as the image below in Event log:

Critical error means you must do some troubleshoot for your Windows 10. But no worry! Follow the solutions here to get rid of it!

Option 1. Update your audio drivers

In most cases, Kernel-Power error is caused by your misbehaving sound card driver. Whether it’s outdated, missing or corrupted, it’s very likely cause the error. In such case, make sure to update your audio driver please.

Press Windows key + X key together to open quick-access menu.
Click Device Manager to open it.

Find and expand Sound, video and game controllers dialog.
Then right-click on your audio driver to choose Update driver.

Click Search automatically for updated driver software.

Now Microsoft will detect the update for you automatically.

However, for some reasons Microsoft cannot always find the update for you. Thus if you receive the message: The best driver software for your device is already installed, please choose other methods to update the driver.

As for other methods, you can choose to download the latest driver from the manufacturer’s website manually. Or let Driver Easy help you.

You can try its Free version, and update your drivers one by one. Or you can update all your missing and outdated drivers automatically with just one-click with the Pro version.

No worry to try it as it comes with a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee and professional tech support 24/7.

Option 2. Change your power settings

Power settings may also cause the error.  Follow the steps below to change it to try to fix the error.

Type power settings in the search box from Start menu.
Then click Power & sleep Options to open it.

Click Change when the computer sleeps on the left.
Proceed to click Change advanced power settings.

On Power Options window, find and expand Hard disk > Turn off hard disk after, then set it to be Never.
Proceed to find and expand Sleep > Sleep after, then set it to be Never as well.
After it’s done, click OK to save your settings.

That’s it.

For any questions please feel free to leave your comment below to let us know, thanks.

  • Harry Ohrn

    This problem seems to coincide with the lastest big update for Windows 10. It is affecting my wife’s system but not mine. We both have AMD processors but my system is home built and hers isn’t. I’ve tried all of the usual fixes with driver updates and even reset the processor, added more heat paste, checked and reseated RAM and changed out the power supply. The problem disappeared for 3 days but is back again. Now I’m reading in the news that Microsoft has a patch that “fixes” a vulnerability issue with Windows 10 but messes with the processor power on older systems. Older meaning older than 6 months. What are they doing? Flying off the back of Apple and their excuse for slowing down their old phones?

    • dwpegues

      I have a beast of a computer, built with all the latest and greatest hardware about 8 months ago (128GB RAM, 1TB NvME, total of 8TB SSD space, killer i7 processor, top of the line motherboard, amazing vid cards). With this current system build I keep getting Critical Kernel-Power errors. I’m tired of troubleshooting this crap, and am on the verge of switching to Linux and emulating all the stuff I need, from Visual Studio, Photoshop, etc. I love the features of Windows 10, but the rate at which my system crashes with these Microsoft updates is killing me. I’m tired of my system constantly locking up. And the best of all – we have no choice but to allow the updates. Perhaps I’ll have to hack the OS so I can block the OS from updating.

      Very frustrating.

    • Harry Ohrn

      Ok I found the problem. It was the motherboard. I narrowed the issue of the constant reboots down to a flaky audio port. It seems like the update and the reboot issues began occurring at the same time as the motherboard went flaky. Gotta love troubleshooting. This one took a month. I built her a new system, migrated all her software and settings to the new system and it is golden.

  • Michael Hinsley

    So the power settings change seemed to stop the problem for about 8/9 months however in the last 2 days the bain of my existence has returned. Seems my audio drivers are up to date. I know its not a hardware problem since i ended up buying a corsair 650 a while back. Checked overclocking which there is none. I swear i have spent almost 20 hours on this same problem and it wont go away. Seems to happen every 2 days or so. i give up…

    • Shreet Onesevenfour

      same with me. I have Corsair rm650x psu. My wd hdd is sometimes detecting and sometimes not so my friends suggested I get it replaced since its under warranty. Also I got Kernel_Data_Inpage_Error a few days back on launch, it was a blue screen. Although im not sure if its really the problem with the HDD or something else.

    • Bill1949 WT

      I’ve suffered total sys freezes since 19Dec17 – coincidentally (or not) this is the same date as 3 Win updates were taken….
      My Home-built PC (stable until 19Dec17 – even for gaming & live-streaming) will freeze randomly, even when not much happening, on average every couple of days (but 4 days on 1 occasion) – & I have to hard-reset (no response to CtrlAltDel).
      Over this time I’ve spent MANY, MANY more than 20 hours trying to find answers (and trying all sorts of possible remedies – unsuccessfully). –
      – Done all the above re Kernel_power 41 (63) – (so no, NOT SOLVED)
      – I’ve run Troubleshooters
      – Checked/updated drivers (inc with DriverAgent).
      – Checked hardware.
      – Disabled ‘Fast Startup’.
      – Swapped from Chrome to F/Fox.
      – Quit using Skype.
      – Ensured that I and the other user sign-out, rather that using the LOCK facility.
      – Uninstalled the 2 Updates of 19Dec that were available for Uninstall. (The third 1 wasn’t)
      – Removed my BlueTooth dongle.
      – Checked HDD.

      There are so many avenues to check that it’s impossible to remember all that I’ve done – I now try to note everything as I do it.
      The common CRITICAL error in EventViewer is Kernel-Power 41 (63) – I’m about to check over my PSU connections in case (VERY coincidentally…) there’s an issue there….. – but I’ve had no issues until the windows updates on 19Dec17.
      Other (time-consuming) things yet to try are:
      Test RAM
      Test VRAM

      Beyond that, I don’t know.