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Running powershell scripts on Windows

Why do you get weird error messages when you try to run a script? That’s easy. The security settings built into Windows PowerShell include something called the “execution policy;” the execution policy determines how (or if) PowerShell runs scripts. By default, PowerShell’s execution policy is set to Restricted; that means that scripts – including those you write yourself – won’t run. Period.

Note. You can verify the settings for your execution policy by typing the following at the PowerShell command prompt and then pressing ENTER:

suppose you want to configure PowerShell to run - without question - any scripts that you write yourself, but to run scripts downloaded from the Internet only if those scripts have been signed by a trusted publisher. In that case, use this command to set your execution policy to RemoteSigned:
Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
Alternatively, you can set the execution policy to AllSigned (all scripts, including those you write yourself, must be signed by a trusted publisher) or Unrestricted (all scripts will run, regardless of where they come from     and whether or not they’ve been signed).

Regardless of your location within the file system. It doesn’t matter if you’re in C:\Scripts; you still need to type the following: