How To: Run Several Programs Sequentially in PowerShell [Field Notes]
I want to run several installation programs in order, and don’t want them to step on each other.
I want to avoid errors such as “another setup program is already running” which result in the second install not completing.
For files without arguments, run:
$var1 = Start-Process -FilePath "[path]" -passthru $var1.WaitForExit()
For files with arguments, run:
$var1 = Start-Process -FilePath "[path]" -ArgumentList "[Args]" -passthru $var1.WaitForExit()
In these examples,
[path] is the full path to the file (e.g.
C:\SomeFolder\MyProgram.exe) you want to run.
[Args] is whatever you’d normally put after the path to the exe in the command line.
NOTE: Single quotes around the file path will ensure the command will not break if it includes a space in the path.
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