I have driver_power_state_failure issue on my desktop PC (see my specs) which has been running Windows 7 for 4 years without issues, and it also boots Linux Live CDs, USBs and Windows 8 PE from USB without any issues.
I install Windows 10 Pro 64 bit (without activating it yet) just fine, it boots, then it automatically updates its drivers and what not. Then later I do restart after installing some software (I have tried also clean Windows install & reboot without installing anything myself). Then it sits on Restaring screen for 5-10 minutes without any HDD activity (HDD led does not light up) and then shows the BSOD with driver_power_state_failure. It also shows that it is collecting some information.
Then I hard reset it, and it starts booting into diagnostic mode, reports that there's nothing to be fixed and offers to restart. I agree.
And then it just hangs on the Windows logo screen with rotating dots without any hard disk activity at all. I wait for 10-20 minutes and then just hard reboot. No improvement. The system is unbootable.
I tried adding legacy boot menu option from bcdedit in the repair tools and boot to Safe mode - does not boot. Enable boot logging - nothing.
I booted my PC with Linux live cd and inspected the Windows 10 drive for BSOD minidumps - nothing, no Minidump folder. I managed to collect only evtx files from logs.
Darn, Microsoft, why they don't show any clues in the BSOD about the driver which caused the issue?
The only way to install Windows 10 without getting this problem is to disable network. Then after first boot, Windows does not install additional drivers (Device Manager shows some question marks and Basic video driver). It reboots just fine.
My guess is that there is some driver coming from Windows Update causing the issue, but I have no idea how to catch it because there is no additional info in BSOD screen and there is no Minidump, and the BSOD happens only once after installing. On next reboot it just hangs. So I'll have to reinstall Windows (or restore from image) every time I want to reproduce the BSOD....
Do you, guys, have any ideas how to find the buggy driver? Currently I have a clean Windows 10 installed as secondary system and I disabled networking, so it is not yet corrupted with bad drivers. How do I proceed and install them one by one and prevent Windows itself from installing them from Microsoft servers? How to catch the minidump which for some reason is missing?