How To: Fix Driver Power State Failure [Working Solution!]

Microsoft Windows comes with too many errors, and one of them is Driver Power State Failure, which occurs in laptops that have a dedicated GPU, and high-end features. Apple computers and Mac doesn’t come in plenty of variants and brands.

The Apple company designs hardware and software to give you the best performance, and it is the major reason why Mac has fewer errors compared to Windows. We are not suggesting to you use Mac PC, but we are trying to tell you the difference.

Windows not designed for every component like GPU, Sound card, LAN card, WIFI card, High-end features, but it is advanced enough to maintain a balance.

What is the Driver Power State Failure?

Windows has many options to save energy consumption of your PC and when it sends a signal to a device or hardware to wake up, and it doesn’t respond, then you have Driver Power State Failure.

What should you do in this situation?

The answer is simple – You should let Windows choose what works best for you and let it balance, or do the opposite because Windows is not designed for every hardware.

1. Power Balance

You are running a Windows assembled PC that has a dedicated GPU like NVIDIA, AMD, or something else, then this is for you!

You are a laptop user that has a dedicated 1GB GPU? Then this solution might work for you.

Step 1: Go to Windows search bar, and type “Control Panel,” and open it.

Step 2: Now select “Hardware and Sound” and open it.

Step 3: Now select “Power Options.”

Step 4: Now, you have to make sure that you are letting Windows balance energy consumption, then click on “Choose what power buttons do.”

On the flip side, if the setting is on BALANCED, then change it to power saver and then test it.

Step 5: Now, click on the “Change settings that are currently unavailable.”

Step 6: Take a quick look at the snapshots, and you have to set each option as we have selected, then restart your PC.

After restarting the PC or Laptop – test the Windows computer for driver power state failure.

2. Minimum Power Savings

Windows have enabled both automatic and manual options for the users, so you can tweak them when things go wrong or your hardware demands more power.

We have already mentioned that some hardware behaves differently and have different requirements that you have to fill until the manufacturer rolls up a software update.

Step 1: In the first method, we have taught you how to reach Power Savings settings, so make sure to follow it. Quick steps to reach till here Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options.

Step 2: You have to click on the “Change Plan Settings” of “Balance Recommended.”

Step 3: A small Window will pop-up on your screen and it will show you all control for all hardware installed on your Windows PC, and it includes your GPU as well.

Step 4: It might seem a little intimidating, but you can edit it if you follow our steps properly.

1: Make sure to save the default setting in a notepad or somewhere else.

2: Click on “Wireless Adapter Settings,” and it will open more options for you.

3: Click on “Power Saving Mode,” and it will open two more options.

4: Now you have two options, and you have to click on each of them, and then set them to “Minimum Power Saving.”

You have to set both “on battery and plugged-in” to “Minimum Power Saving.”

3. Uninstall Yellow Mark Drivers

There are few unrecognized drivers installed on all Windows PC, and it happens for many reasons. If your Windows PC or Laptop assembled, then you will have yellow mark drivers installed that causes problems and you have this error on your PC.

Step 1: Click on the Windows search bar and type “Device Manager.”

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Step 2: You have to click on the Device Manager, and a window will appear on your screen. It will take a few moments to load all drivers, and it might even go “not responding mode” but be patient.

Step 3: The first thing the Device Manager highlights is Yellow Mark to remind you that there are few unrecognized drivers installed on your PC, (only if you have any on the list!)

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Step 4: You can uninstall them by selecting the driver, and clicking on the right-mouse to uninstall it.

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It takes only a moment to uninstall a driver.

These unrecognized drivers usually come in between Windows signals, and when they don’t respond properly, and then you have a blue screen error.

4. Windows Update

It might not come as a surprise, but running a Windows update might solve the problem, but if this has happened after a recent Windows update, then you cannot ignore it.

Step 1: Quickly open Settings > select “Update and Security,” then click Windows update.

Step 2: You have to click on Windows update history, which we highlighted in the snapshot.

Step 3: I have turned off Windows Update for a reason, and if there’s any recent update from the Microsoft for your GPU driver, then you better uninstall it.

I have updated AMD Graphic driver few months, and my PC started to lag a lot. I have rolled back to the old GPU driver, and things were back to normal.

We are not recommending you to turn off the Windows update, but we are trying to bring awareness that automatic updates do keep you suspense about the latest updated drivers.


There are several reasons why you are facing driver power state failure, and we have provided you solutions that worth to give it a shot. In case, if your problem is not solved, then comment down below with your computer specifications including GPU model and we’ll try to help you solve the issue.

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