Need advice: How to integrate Git & Github with IDEA on Windows

I've had so many problems using Git on Windows, it's really rather tragic.  I thought Github for Windows would be the most mainstream way to get Git installed on Windows. But I cannot get it to reliably work with IDEA.

It seems that it cannot find git.cmd/git.exe.. even though Git's shell works fine. I think this may be because it injects the Git paths when the shell gets launched, NOT by putting them into the system paths. I tried to fool this by adding the "portableGit" paths manually to my system path. But after an auto-update of git, these paths all changed and I am left again without IDEA being able to find git.exe.

Is using the git.exe provided with git for windows a hopeless cause? What distribution of Git works the best for people?

I BELIEVE I am using https authentication to connect to github. SSH keys are more of a pain so although I used them early on with Git, I am not currently. Should I give in and just make SSH keys for all my git uses?

Any help is appreciated.

Message was edited by: Eric Mulvihill  (removed off topic rambling)

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FWIW i've had no problem with msysgit install (on Windows 7) and then configuring IDEA Git plugin to use git.exe from msysgit\bin

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Let me duplicate my advice here:

Try installing the official msysgit release from http://git-scm.com/ and use it instead of the version bundled with Github.
Github client uses their own implementation of Git (libgit2), so it may cause problems.

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Thanks, I will try switching to msysgit and see how it goes.

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