Every time I try to download the new flash player the download starts and than says I need to close safari and chrome to continue. After I close the applications it downloads a little more than tells me the same thing. But Safari and Chrome have already been closed so I press retry again and it will download a little bit more than do the same thing. I keep pressing retry till it gets to about 98% downloaded and than gives me an error that it can't be downloaded at this time.
You need to quit the Safari process, not just close the browser window.
From the upper left-hand corner of the screen, choose Safari > Quit Safari
Then proceed with the installation