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January 7, 2016 at 6:34 am

I'm having some sporadic issues when installing Flash plugin and activex. The script starts out by uninstalling all versions of flash and then installs activex and then the plugin. On some machines, I'm receiving an error "Failed to grab execution mutex. System error 258." I currently have the following code to wait for any running msi before starting any new installation. Some logs show "MSI running" several times, but sometimes they still end up receiving the mutex error. Any ideas? Here is what I have before every uninstallation and installation:

   $mutex = [System.Threading.Mutex]::OpenExisting('Global\_MSIExecute')
   $mutex = $null
   Sleep 10
   'MSI running...' | Out-File $log -Force -Append
 catch [System.Threading.WaitHandleCannotBeOpenedException]
   # Mutex not found; MSI isn't running

January 13, 2016 at 6:37 am

You might post this over at It's definitely an installer problem, not powershell per se, and it's unfortunately not one I'm familiar with.