I am working on a batch file that can run a PowerShell script when the batch file is double clicked. I am having difficulty getting the PowerShell script to do anything when activated by the batch file. The PowerShell script works perfectly when I test out the ps1 file. But once I call from it the batch file it doesn't seem to work.

Batch file:

SET ThisScriptsDirectory=%~dp0
SET PowerShellScriptPath=%ThisScriptsDirectory%FileNotifyscript.ps1
PowerShell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "& {Start-Process PowerShell -ArgumentList '-NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File ""%PowerShellScriptPath%""' -Verb RunAs}";

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It is an escaping issue,

  • cmd will interpret the inner double quotes as ending the first one
    as the single quotes have a special meaning only to PowerShell.
  • use a backslash to escape one \" double quote

:: Q:\Test\2019\04\22\SU_1428283.cmd
SET "PowerShellScriptPath=%~dp0FileNotifyscript.ps1
PowerShell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command ^ 
 "& {Start-Process PowerShell -ArgumentList '-NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File \"%PowerShellScriptPath%\"' -Verb RunAs}"

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