.PS1 Not being picked up when PS Launching

This topic contains 4 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Olaf Soyk 1 year, 3 months ago.

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  • #66301

    Mark Gordon

    PS Users,

    I am a newbee to PS.
    I have a simple Ps script. It was created in Notepad and saved as "profile.ps1". The file is exactly as named- profile.ps1. All that is in it is CD\

    1 – set-executionpolicy was RemoteSigned. I have confirmed it.
    2 – The ps1 file is put "exactly" in the first folder path location I can see in psmodulepath. (i.e. c:\users\myname\documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules
    3 – When I launch the ISE, it is not getting run.
    4 – When I launch native ps, it is not getting run.
    5 – I am launching both ise and native ps as administrator.
    6 – When I am in PS, I can run the script manually and it works perfectly.
    7 – I also put the ps1 script in C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules and it did not run it either.
    7 – I am using PS 5.1.14393.693 on Windows 10. I am the admin to the laptop.

    Can someone give me a hint on what I may be missing?

    thanks MG

  • #66307

    Olaf Soyk
    Get-Help about_profiles
  • #66324

    Sam Boutros


    $FolderName = Split-Path $profile
    if (-not (Test-Path $FolderName)) { 
        New-Item -Path (Split-Path $FolderName) -Name 'WindowsPowerShell' -ItemType Directory -Force 
    if (-not (Test-Path $profile)) { "cd c:\" | Out-File $profile -Force }
    powershell_ISE.exe $profile

    and put in what you want for PS startup in the file that opens in ISE. Save, exit, re-open Powershell_ISE to test..

  • #66334

    Mark Gordon

    Fellow Powershellers

    I found the problem. It was where I had placed the Ps1 file.
    I thought that the ps1 file should be in one of the paths from psmodulepath – wrong.
    I dug deeper looking at the $profile location; put the ps1 file in that folder referenced in $profile and it ran perfectly.
    Thanks for everyone's observations.


  • #66337

    Olaf Soyk

    Powershell has a really helpful help system. You should learn how to use it. You might start with:

    Get-Help about_profiles

    ... or even more basic

    help help

    😉 😉

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