When you are executing a PowerShell script for the first time you may encounter the following error:

.... cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system.

Why did this happen:

PowerShell Execution Policies

PowerShell has four execution policies for executing the script. Those four policies are described below:


This is a default policy. If you use this policy, PowerShell won't execute any script.


PowerShell will execute all scripts (local or downloaded from the Internet).


PowerShell will execute all local scripts (It will execute Internet downloaded scripts if they have a digital signature).


PowerShell will only run scripts which have a proper digital signature.


To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

Step 1. Open a PowerShell with elevated privileges.

Step 2. Execute the following command

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Step 3. When you are prompted, press Y

Set PowerShell privileges for a script

Error when Executing a PowerShell Script for the First Time

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. You can reach Karim on LinkedIn

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