When you boot your computer, you may encounter the issue of drive power state failure in Windows 11/10/8/7. Do you know what causes the issue driver_power_state_failure? How to fix driver power state failure? This post shows you the answer and lists 6 solutions to this problem.

What Is Driver Power State Failure?

When you boot or restart your computer, you may come across the error driver power state failure and you feel vexed about it. The detailed error message of this issue is ‘Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We’re just collecting some error info, and then we’ll restart for you. If you’d like to know more, you can search online later for this error. DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE’.

As a matter of fact, the issue of driver_power_state_failure Windows 10/11 is a kind of Blue Screen of Death and occurs mostly due to incompatible drivers. The error code also indicates that a driver is in an inconsistent or invalid power state.

However, do you know how to fix driver power state failure Windows 11/10/8/7? If no, just read the following part to find the best solution.

Tip: If your computer still can boot when encountering the issue driver power state failure Windows 10/11/8/7, you can refer to the following solutions. If your computer can’t boot when encountering this problem, you can refer to the post: Quickly Solve - Your PC Ran into a Problem and Needs to Restart

Now, we will show you how to fix driver power state failure on restart with step-by-step guide.

Solution 1. Update Drivers

As we have mentioned in the above part, the issue of driver_power_state_failure Windows 10/11 may be caused by incompatible drivers. So, in order to solve the issue of Windows driver power state failure, you can update drivers.

Now, we will show you how to upgrade your drivers.

Step 1: Open Device Manager

Here are two ways to open the Device Manager.

  1. Open Control Panel, choose Hardware and Sound, and choose Device Manager to continue.
  2. Press Windows key and R key together to open Run dialog, input the msc and hit Enter to continue.

Step 2: Update the driver

In the popup window, you need to select the driver you want to upgrade and right-click it. Then choose Update driver from the context menu to continue.

choose Update drive to continue

When the process is finished, you can reboot your computer to check whether the issue of driver power state failure is solved.

If this solution is not working, please go to the next solution.

Solution 2. Remove External Hardware

The issue of driver power state failure Windows 7/8/10 may be caused by newly installed hardware. So in order to solve this problem, you need to remove this hardware.

So you can turn off your computer and remove the newly installed hardware. Then reboot your computer again to check whether the issue driver_power_state_failure Window 10/8/7 is solved.

Solution 3. Run Driver Verifier

Now, we will show you the third method to fix the issue of driver power state failure. It is to run Driver Verifier which can help you to test your drivers and can identify corrupted and problematic files. This tool will help you to find out the list of unsigned drivers in the system which may give rise to the issue of driver power state failure Windows 10/11/8/7.

Now, we will show you how to run the Driver Verifier with step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt

  1. Type cmd in the search box of Windows 11/10/8/7.
  2. Choose the best-matched one.
  3. Right-click Command Prompt to choose Run as administrator to continue.

Step 2: Open Driver Verifier

  1. In the popup window, type verifier.
  2. Hit Enter to continue.

type verifier to continue

Step 3: Run Driver Verifier

1. In the popup window, select Create standard settings.
2. Click Next to continue.

choose Create standard settings

3. Choose the button Automatically select all drivers installed on this computer.
4. Click Finish to continue.

choose automatically select all drivers installed on this computer

Then you are required to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

When all steps are finished, you can know which drivers lead to driver power state failure issue. And you can choose to disable the problematic drivers or update them to the latest available version.

When you have solved the problematic drivers, you can reboot your computer to check whether the issue drive_power_state_failure Windows 10/11 is solved.

If this method is not effective, please go to the next method.

Solution 4. Change Power Settings

Now, we will introduce the fourth method to fix the issue of driver power state failure. To fix this error code 0x00000009f, you can change your power settings.

Follow the below guides to continue.

Step 1: Open Power Options

  1. Type Control Panel in the search box of Windows 11/10/8/7, select it and open it.
  2. In the popup window, choose Hardware and Sound.
  3. In the popup window, choose Power Options to continue.

choose Power Options to continue

Step 2: Change Power settings

1. Select the Balanced (recommended) and click Change plan settings.

click Change plan settings

2. Click Change advanced power settings.

click Change advanced power settings

3. In the popup window, please expand the Wireless Adapter Settings and Power Saving mode. Then change the Setting to Maximum Performance.

change the setting to Maximum Performance

4. Find out the PCI Express and Link State Power Management in the Power Options window, and change the Setting to Maximum power savings to continue.

change the Setting to Maximum power savings

5. Then click Apply and OK buttons to execute all changes.

When you have finished all steps, you can reboot your computer to check whether the issue of driver power state failure Windows 8 is solved.

Solution 5. Run System File Checker

This part will introduce the fifth method to solve the issue driver_power_state_failure. You can run the System File Checker to check whether there is a corrupted files system that leads to the issue of driver power state failure.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt

  1. Type cmd in the search box of Windows 11/10/8/7 and choose the best-matched one.
  2. Right-click Command Prompt to choose Run as administrator to continue.

Step 2: Type the commands

  1. In the popup window, type the command sfc /scannow.
  2. Hit Enter to continue.

type the commands to continue

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This scanning process will take a long time. So please don’t close this command window until you receive the message Verification 100% complete.

When all steps are completed, you can reboot your computer to check whether the issue driver power state failure is solved.

Solution 6. Reinstall Windows

If all the above solutions are not working to solve the issue of drive power state failure, you can choose to perform Windows reinstallation.

Note: If you have created a restore point or a system image, you can also choose to restore your computer to an earlier state.

Before reinstalling your operating system, please back up your important files firstly.

Now, we will show you how to reinstall the operating system.

Step 1: Create installation media

  1. To install Windows, the installation media is required.
  2. Click here to download and create the installation media.

Step 2: Start to install the Windows

  1. Connect the installation media to your computer.
  2. Enter BIOS to change boot sequence and boot from it.
  3. At the Install Windows window, select a language, time and keyboard.
  4. Click Next to continue.
  5. Then click Install now to reinstall your operating system.

click Install now to continue

Then you can follow on the instruction to complete the operating system installation.

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After you have solved the error driver power state failure on restart, it is recommended to create a system image. In this way, when you meet this issue next time or come across other problems, you can restore the computer to an earlier state rather than spending time to look for solutions and it is time-saving.

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Now, we will show you how to back up the operating system with step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Launch MiniTool ShadowMaker to enter its main interface

  1. Download and install MiniTool ShadowMaker on your computer.
  2. Launch it.
  3. Click Keep Trial to continue.
  4. Click Connect in This Computer to enter its main interface.

click Connect in This Computer to enter its main interface

Tip: MiniTool ShadowMaker enables you to manage the remote computer as long as they are on the same LAN.

Step 2: Choose backup source

  1. Go to the Backup page and click Source module to continue.
  2. In the popup window, choose Disk and Partition.
  3. Select the system disk and click OK.

select backup source

Step 3: Select backup destination

  1. Click Destination
  2. You can see there are five destination paths to be chosen. Choose any one based on your needs. It is recommended to choose an external hard drive to save the backup image.
  3. Click OK to continue.

select the destination path and click OK to continue

Kindly reminder:

  • MiniTool ShadowMaker enables you to set an automatic backup. Just click Schedule to continue.
  • MiniTool ShadowMaker provides three backup schemes including Full backup, Incremental backup, and Differential backup. The Incremental backup is chosen by default and you can change it through Scheme.
  • MiniTool ShadowMaker also provides some advanced backup parameters through Options.

Step 4: Start to back up

  1. After selecting the backup source and destination, click Back up Now to start backing up immediately.
  2. You can also click Back up Later to perform the task later and then restart it in the Manage

click Back up Now to continue

When all steps are finished, you have successfully backed up the computer. If you encounter the issue of driver power state failure again or come across some other problems, you can directly use this system image to restore your computer to a normal state.

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Bottom Line

In conclusion, this post has introduced 6 solutions to the issue of driver power state failure Windows 11/10/8/7. If you have the same problem, you can try these solutions.

This post also suggests creating a system image with MiniTool ShadowMaker after you have solved the problem.

And if you have any problem with MiniTool program, please feel free to contact us via the email [email protected] and we will reply to you as soon as possible.

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