Today I have installed GitHub For Windows. I had installed GitHub for Windows earlier and at that time it worked fine, but due to some reason I had to uninstall it.

Today when I installed GitHub again it installed perfectly. But after installation when I click on the icon, GitHub does not open. I checked Task Manager for processes and for some time I can see Github.exe, but after some time it disappears.

When it did'nt work I uninstalled and installed again, but the results are the same.

When I try to open it, only the loading symbols comes up.

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    Why the downvote? It is completely on topic. – Kartik Jul 28 '14 at 13:48
  • Related to this: superuser.com/questions/789029/… ? – Hannu Jul 28 '14 at 14:42
  • @Hannu No it's not related – Kartik Jul 28 '14 at 14:44
  • @Hannu One of my friends was able to do it perfectly on his own computer. – Kartik Jul 28 '14 at 14:45
  • firewall too strict? – Hannu Jul 28 '14 at 14:47

I was having the same problem as you had. I installed GitHub before, and it worked fine. I uninstalled it then trying to reinstall it, but nothing happens whenever I click the GitHub icon.

Deleting the GitHub folders left behind from AppData\Local and Roaming folders helped me solve my problem. Then I reinstalled GitHub and now it works.

  • From the Windows Start menu, choose Run (or Windows Key + R)
  • Enter the following, depending on your version of Windows, and then click the OK button:

On Windows Vista or higher, delete the %LocalAppData%\GitHub and the %AppData%\GitHub directories.

On Windows XP, delete the %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\GitHub directory.

Source: Uninstalling GitHub for Windows

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  • I have GitHub Desktop and it wasn't opening after I updated it. I opened %LocalAppData%\GitHubDesktop and I saw 2 applications. GitHubDesktop.exe and GitHub Desktop.exe (space). I opened the one with the newer modified date and it opened. – user719403 Aug 8 '17 at 21:00

If you are unable to delete the GitHub folder as described above, end the ssh-agent.exe process from Task Manager in Windows. Then, immediately delete the folder.

Task Manager >> Processes >> ssh-agent.exe>> End Process

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