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Sourcetree: transparent windows in Windows 10 Pro


Hello at all,

Sourcetree somehow stopped working on my Windows 10 Pro laptop. Everytime I start the application (or the installer), I see a transparent window (see attached screenshot below). The sourcetree.log has only some of the following entries, no stacktraces or further details. 

ERROR [2018-06-05 17:18:09,721] [1] [SourceTree.App] [.ctor] - finish EnsureSquirrelExecutionStubIsCopied  


I tried several sourcetree versions (2.5.5,, and none of them are working anymore (for some reason, my sourcetree installation worked well until I started my laptop today). I use Windows 10 Pro (10.0.16299.371). Laptop restart and several installations / deinstallations did not work. 


I found two other posts which also describe this problem, but I found no fix for the problem:


Link 2


I highly appreciate any ideas how to fix this issue.

Thanks and best regards




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Disabling hardware acceleration for all WPF apps did the trick. Seems like there are some issues with the video drivers.

Set the following registry key to a DWORD of 1:


This is definitely the right solution. Thanks. Your answer saves my time. 

If there is no key in that location, create one. 

This is right solution. 

For this problem, I once gave up using SourceTree even though I love it.

I guess hundred thousands of (windows) users are suffering from this problem.

You saved my life. Thanks a lot.

Thanks a lot, it worked perfectly!

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Mike Corsaro Atlassian Team Jun 08, 2018

Hello! There's a few things you can try:

  • Make sure your video drivers are up-to-date
  • Try running Sourcetree in compatibility mode
  • Try running Sourcetree with overridden high DPI settings

Do you have any other apps that have this behavior? Are you using a high-contrast theme or anything like that?

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