Fix INTERNAL_POWER_ERROR Blue Screen on Windows 10

If you receive a Stop Error on Windows 10/8/7 with an error message – INTERNAL POWER ERROR with a bugcheck code 0x000000A0, it indicates that the power policy manager experienced a fatal error which in turn means that it can happen because of Drivers or Software or even external hardware. This guide will help you to resolve this Blue Screen error on Windows 10/8/7.


1] Update your drivers

Check with Windows Update, and see if there is an update pending which relates with your Device Drivers. If necessary, you can always install them manually from the OEMs website.

2] Check Device performance and health

Device Performance in WDSC


Open Windows Defender Security Center, and check if there is a yellow explanation icon against Device performance and health. Click on View report. You might see Health Report pointing towards Storage Capacity, Device Drivers or Apps and Software.

3] Run ChkDsk

If the error is related with Storage, i.e. hard disk errors, you need to repair it. You should run chkdsk in the command prompt to resolve those issues.

Reduce ChkDsk Countdown Time in Windows 10

If this cannot solve your problem, you may have to think about replacing your hard drive. When you do so, make sure to backup all your data on the Windows 10 PC. You can also use it as a secondary hard drive.

4] Increase the size of the Hibernation file

Open Command Prompt as administrator and execute the following command:

powercfg /hibernate /size 100

The default size is 75%, and after running this command, it will be increased to 100%

Does this help? If not you may reverse this.

5] Run Troubleshooters

Run the following command to open the Performance Troubleshooter:

msdt.exe /id PerformanceDiagnostic

Once it is opened, run it.

Run the following command to open the System Maintenance Troubleshooter:

msdt.exe /id MaintenanceDiagnostic

Once it is opened, run it.

You may also run the Blue Screen Troubleshooter. The built-in Troubleshooter is easy to run and fixes BSODs automatically. The online Windows 10 Blue Screen Troubleshooter from Microsoft is a wizard that is meant to help novice users fix their Stop Errors. It offers helpful links along the way.

6] Run Windows Defender Offline

You can scan your PC offline using Windows Defender to find out if any malware has affected your PC.

7] Uninstall recently installed Software

If this problem occurred after installing new software, you need to install it. Open Settings  > System  > Apps & features. Select Sort by name and change it to by install date. Change it to the recently installed app you want to remove, and then select Uninstall.

8] Disconnect external hardware and USBs

Make sure to remove any connected & external hardware when upgrading or updating. Many a time Windows update gets stuck because it tries to get a driver for the connected hardware which can be done later.

All the best!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, 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.