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File %.ps1 cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disabled on this system.

  • Aug 23 / 2013
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dbDigger, PowerShell, SQL Server Error messages, System Administration

File %.ps1 cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disabled on this system.

Now a days i am working on a powershell task. This morning i prepared a basic powershell script and run it to see that how close are the results. I called the powershell script from cmd so that any errors may be seen if generated. To my surprise it generated a different type of error pointing to some configuration

Error while executing power shell script

In a more readable text form the errror statement is

File %.ps1 cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts¬† is disabled on this system. Please see “get-help about_signing” for more details.

I looked for the solution and implemented it to allow PS scripts run on my stystem. Following is the brief solution that i implemented.

Step1: Check current system setting for scripts

launch powershell and execute Get-ExecutionPolicy 


It shows that current script execution is restricted.

Step2: Change the script execution policy

Now we have to change the script execution policy. We have three other options to set.

  • RemoteSigned: You can run your own scripts but downloaded scripts will have to be signed in order to run on the system.
  • AllSigned: Your own or dowloaded scripts all should be signed to run.
  • Unrestricted: Remote or your own scripts may be run without signing check.

So you may choose an appropriate option and run one of the following command according to choice

  • Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
  • Set-ExecutionPolicy AllSigned
  • Set-ExecutionPolicy UnRestricted

Step 3: Verify

You may verify the new policy implementation by repeating step 1. This time you will get the new policy name instead of restricted policy.

After implementing this solution i proceeded with my original tasks by writing and executing the PS scripts successfully. Hope same for you.

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