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How to Fix Sourcetree Not Starting on Windows

Sourcetree is a free Git client for Windows and Mac that simplifies the management of Git repositories.

It provides a user-friendly GUI interface, eliminating the need for command-line interactions.

It caters to both beginners and experts, offering features like reviewing changesets, cherry-picking, and more.

Sourcetree supports both Git and Mercurial, making it a versatile tool for version control.

It has features like visualizing work progress, committing changes confidently, and comprehensive tutorials.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix Sourcetree not opening, not starting, or not working on Windows 10/11.

How to fix Sourcetree not starting on Windows

To fix Sourcetree not starting on Windows, you need to clear the current update in the “Atlassian” folder.

If that didn’t fix the error, you need to uninstall and reinstall the client.

Method 1: Clear the current update

  1. Open the File Explorer > This PC > Local Disk (C:).
  2. Users > Your user > View > Show > Hidden items.
  3. App Data > Local > Atlassian.
  4. Delete all folders except for the “SourceTree” folder.
  5. Open SourceTree and complete the registration process.

You can also find the “Atlassian” folder by typing “%appdata%” using Windows Search, selecting the “AppData” tab, and selecting “Local”.

Method 2: Uninstall and reinstall Sourcetree

  1. Search for “Control Panel” using Windows Search”.
  2. Select “Uninstall a program”.
  3. Right-click Sourcetree and select “Uninstall”.
  4. Go to https://www.sourcetreeapp.com/ and click on “Download for Windows”.
  5. Complete the installation process and open Sourcetree.

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