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How to solve the 'enable scripts' error on PowerShell

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When trying to execute a PowerShell script, users may encounter the error:

File ABC.ps1 cannot be loaded because the execution of the script is disabled on this system

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Solution

The first step is to check the Default Execution Policy by running PowerShell in administrator mode and typing:

Get-Execution Policy

The user may realize that it is restricted by default and that the error can be resolved by typing:

Set-Execution-policy remotesigned

The error will allow user-defined unsigned scripts or signed scripts from the internet to run. This command, however, sets permissions for all users to remotesigned.

A better implementation would be to set permissions for only the current user as remote signed, bypass, or unrestricted by typing:

Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope CurrentUser -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Force

This method is better because only the current user will have the permissions to execute the script, ​and it minimizes the chances of the system getting infected.

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