PowerShell: Enable Script Support

By default, PowerShell has scripting support disabled. If you try and run a PowerShell script, you will be greeted with an error stating that the execution of scripts is disabled on your system. To enable scripting support so that your scripts will run, read on:

1. Open PowerShell (if you are running PowerShell on Windows Vista, right-click your PowerShell icon and select Run as administrator. If you don’t do this, you will not be able to enable script support).

2. Check the current script execution policy by using the Get-ExecutionPolicy cmdlet. To do this, input Get-ExecutionPolicy and press Enter on your keyboard. PowerShell will return a value of Restricted.

3. To change the script execution policy, use the Set-ExecutionPolicy cmdlet. Input Set-ExecutionPolicy unrestricted and press Enter on your keyboard.

4. To ensure that the script execution policy has been changed, use the Get-ExecutionPolicy cmdlet again. PowerShell should return a value of Unrestricted.

You can now run your PowerShell scripts.


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  • This doesn’t seem to work on XP — I fired up the new install of CTP3 and got my start-up script denied. Set-Ex ran but told me it was being overriden; running the PoSh executable as the local Admin let Set-Ex complete without any messages, but did not propagate the effect to my normal ID. I ended up searching the registry for the string “AllSigned” and changing my HKCU execution policy key manually.

  • Guest

    Worked like a charm on XP for me.

  • JWashington

    I have a XP system and this worked great thank you

  • Jim Balcomb

    As a discussion point, `Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned` will let you run your scripts as well but leaves just a bit more security in place.

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  • Wasim21k

    worked for me on Server 2008 R2 Standard

    • Glincb

      Worked GREAT on win7

  • Kareem Arafa

    Thanks a lot, Great work. I really needed that!!