How to determine which execution policy is configured on your Windows device

PowerShell is configured to prevent the execution of PowerShell scripts on Windows systems by default. The PowerShell execution policy is a safety feature implemented to controls the various conditions under which PowerShell loads configuration files and runs scripts. This feature helps prevent the execution of malicious scripts. The execution policy isn’t a security system that restricts user actions. For example, users can easily bypass a policy by typing the script contents at the command line when they cannot run a script. Instead, the execution policy helps users to set basic rules and prevents them from violating them unintentionally. See this guide on how this is done “how to set the PowerShell Execution Policy via the Windows Registry settings“. You may also find this article interesting “How to Set Execution Policy via Windows Settings“. Below are the various values of policies that exist. 

PowerShell Execution Policy determines if scripts can run on your Windows device. By default, PowerShell's execution policy is set to Restricted; this means that scripts will not run. Windows PowerShell has four different execution policies.

To see the effective execution policy for your PowerShell, first, open an elevated Powershell window, accept the UAC, and enter the below Powershell command.

To reveal the effective execution policy for your PowerShell session use “Get-ExecutionPolicy“. . As you can see below, it is set to the default policy “unrestricted”. The effective execution policy is determined by execution policies that are set by “Set-ExecutionPolicy” and Group Policy settings. See this guide for more information on “how to set Execution Policy via Windows PowerShell


To display the execution policies for each scope in the order of precedence, use “Get-ExecutionPolicy -List“.

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