Github Desktop To VsCode

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I followed these steps to delete Github Desktop and just use VSCode for pushing to different repos.

To Resolve:

  1. In VSCode, set global options. I set my work email since most of my repos are set to go to their local Gitlab instance
git config --global ""
git config --global "Firstname Lastname"
git config --global core.autocrlf true 
  1. Uninstall any references to external programs
    • Uninstall Git Desktop (Run - appwiz.cpl - Remove Github Desktop)
    • Uninstall Credentials Manager:
      • cd "C:\Program Files\Git\mingw64\libexec\git-core"
      • git-credential-manager.exe uninstall
    • Reset credentials helper to use wincred
    • git config --global credential.helper wincred
  2. Used VS Code to Push some changes and re-input credentials. Usually something along the lines of:
git remote add origin
git push --set-upstream origin master
git add --all 
git commit -m 'example'
git pull
git branch --set-upstream-to=origin/master
git push


Since I have 4 different repos all in different folders, what I did was go to each repo and:

  • Run git config -l and look for the correct origin.
  • If it is wrong, type git remote rm origin and git remote add origin https://path/to/repository then confirm git remote get-url --all origin

  • Run git config --local "Gerry Williams" and git config --local "". This is so that my personal email can be attached to Github repos while other repos will still get my work email by default.

  • Lastly for each repo I would create a test file and do a push and look for/resolve any errors. For example:
touch myfile.txt
git add .
git commit -m 'testing vscode'
git push origin
  • Sometime I would get
    error: the current branch master has no upstream branch
  • fix: git push --set-upstream origin master

  • You might then get
fatal: refusing to merge unrelated histories
  • fix: git push origin master --force