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FIX: Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework error 256

In this article, we show how to troubleshoot the Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework – ESIF(8.1.10603.192) – TYPE ERROR in Windows computers.

How do I fix Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework?

1. Update Intel and system drivers 

Outdated system drivers or corrupted Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework drivers can trigger these errors. To fix the error, update the drivers to the latest available version.

While you can manually update the system drivers, it is a time consuming task. Driver update utilities can help you automate this process in a few clicks.

Make sure to update all the available drivers, including Display Drivers, to be able to resolve the issue.

DriverFix Updater
Drivers are essential for your PC and all the programs that you use daily. If you want to avoid crashes, freezes, bugs, lag or any other problems, you will need to keep them updated.
Constantly checking for driver updates is time consuming. Fortunately, you can use an automated solution that will safely check for new updates and apply them with ease, and that’s why we strongly recommend DriverFix.
Follow these easy steps to safely update your drivers:

  1. Download and install DriverFix.
  2. Launch the application.
  3. Wait for DriverFix to detect all your faulty drivers.
  4. The software will now show you all the drivers that have issues, and you just need to select the ones you’d liked fixed.
  5. Wait for DriverFix to download and install the newest drivers.
  6. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.


Drivers will no longer create any problems if you download and use this powerful software today.

Disclaimer: this program needs to be upgraded from the free version in order to perform some specific actions.

2. Check Windows Services startup type

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open Run.
  2. Type services and click OK to open the Services window.
  3. In the Services window, look for the following services and make sure they are set to default as follows:
    Connected Device Platforms Services – Automatic 
    Connected Devices Platforms User Service Telemetry – Automatic 
    Network Connection Broker – Manual 
  4. To change the startup type, right-click on the service, choose Properties and start Startup type to Automatic/Manual as shown above.
  5. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
  6. Do this for all the services listed above and close the Windows service window.
  7. Reboot your computer and check if the Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework error 256 is resolved.

3. Run a battery test 

Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework is a power and thermal management solution. The driver associated with the device is designed to resolve fan noise, overheating and performance-related issues of the system.

If updating your battery did not resolve the error, diagnose the battery for issues. You can perform a battery performance test using OEM’s proprietary software.

Lenovo users can use Lenovo Vantage, while HP offers its Assistance software to evaluate your battery health. You may have to replace your battery if it has reached its end of life.

4. Rollback driver update 

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open Run.
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and click OK to open Device Manager.
  3. In Device Manager, expand the System Devices section.
  4. Right-click on Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Manager and choose Properties
  5. Open the Driver tab.
  6. Click the Roll Back Driver button. Click Yes to confirm the action.
  7. Once the driver rollback is complete, reboot the computer and check for any improvements.

If the Roll Back Driver option is greyed out, then you may have to install an older version of the Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Manager manually.

To download the driver, go to your laptop OEM’s download page and search for the driver. Run the installer and click Yes if asked to confirm installing the older version of an existing driver.

5. Update BIOS

Intel Dynamic Platform and thermal framework error 256
  1. Visit your laptop manufacturer website and go to the Download center. You may have to enter your model number and other details.
  2. From the download center, check if you have a BIOS update available. 
  3. Download the executable BIOS file and run it as per the instructions of your OEM.

For a detailed guide, check out our dedicated update BIOS on Windows 10 guide.

This post was written by Tashreef Shareef and was first posted to WindowsReport

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