Fix DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE error on Windows 10

At times you may see a Blue Screen error when resuming from Sleep or Hibernate mode, or a Shutdown or Restart. If the error code on the BSOD is DRIVER POWER STATE FAILURE, then its probably because of some issue with driver state. This Stop error indicates that a driver is in an inconsistent or invalid power state. This Stop error typically occurs during events that involve power state transitions, such as shutting down, or moving in or out of standby or hibernate mode.

STOP error code 0x0000009F, DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE

This bug check 0x0000009F indicates that the driver is in an inconsistent or invalid power state.

DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE

DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE

DRIVER POWER STATE FAILURE is usually followed by error code, and they all point to the fact that the drivers do not handle power state transition properly because of incompatibility. Before you begin, you need to make sure that your drivers (network, display, mouse, keyboard, etc.) are compatible with the current version of Windows.

1] Start in Safe Mode & Update Device Driver

Reboot your computer into Safe Mode with networking support, and then see if there is an update pending which relates with your Device Drivers. If you do not see any update, manually download the driver from the OEM website on another PC, and then install them on the PC while in safe mode.

2] Run Blue Screen Troubleshooter

For your convenience, Microsoft has shipped a Blue Screen Troubleshooter for your specific issues directly in the Settings app on Windows 10. In the Settings page, you need to select Blue Screen under Find and fix other problems. Apply the fix that is recommended and then, Close the troubleshooter.

You could also visit the Microsoft site to run the online Blue Screen Troubleshooter. You will see a simple wizard that will walk you through the process of troubleshooting Blue Screens.

3] Remove External Hardware

If you have plugged in some new hardware, try removing it from the PC, and then check if the problem persists. If the problem is resolved, you may want to update the driver of that hardware. In case you have more than one, make sure to check it one by one.

4] Use Driver Verifier

Next, you should run Driver Verifier program on your PC. It will help to troubleshoot, identify & resolve common device driver problems.  This program is built to find out the list of unsigned drivers in the system which causes the BSOD.

Driver Verifier

After this, you can troubleshoot the devices from the list by downloading a new version, removing it from the system, and let Windows fix it for you. You can also choose to Rollback, Update, Disable or Uninstall the particular Driver.

5] Restore or Reset

If nothing else you will need to use a restore point to roll back to previous working condition.  You may also choose to restore Windows 10 to factory defaults without losing any files.

More suggestions here to troubleshoot Windows Stop Errors or Blue Screen of Death.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.