How to Fix GitHub Install for Windows Failure – “Application installation did not succeed. Cannot locate application files on the server. “

The issue:

GitHub installation for windows goes through seemingly smoothly, but then an error occurs:

"Application installation did not succeed.  Cannot locate application files on the server.  Contact the application vendor or your administrator for assistance."

 

The detailed message says something along the lines of

ERROR SUMMARY
 Below is a summary of the errors, details of these errors are listed later in the log.
  * Activation of http://github-windows.s3.amazonaws.com/GitHub.application resulted in exception. Following failure messages were detected:
   + Downloading http://github-windows.s3.amazonaws.com/Application Files/GitHub_1_0_47_0/msvcp100.dll.deploy did not succeed.
   + The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden.


 

The solution:

Step 1 – Remove a local %appdata% directory

Navigate to C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Apps in windows explorer and delete the 2.0 directory.

Step 2 – download the application

Open Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer and navigate to:

https://github-windows.s3.amazonaws.com/GitHub.application

 

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