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How to uninstall or reinstall Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac
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  • You want to uninstall Parallels Desktop
  • You need to reinstall Parallels Desktop
  • Parallels Desktop application works improperly
  • You upgraded to Parallels Desktop 8 and experience issues
  • You upgraded to Parallels Desktop 8, and you need a functionality of Parallels Mobile restored


Note: Your Virtual Machines will not be affected by this procedure - only Parallels Desktop application will be uninstalled. If you want to remove a Virtual Machine please check this article:

  1. Shut down Parallels Desktop and Virtual Machines
  2. Open Applications folder and drag the Parallels Desktop icon into the Trash

Uninstalling Parallels Desktop using

If you are unable to uninstall Parallels Desktop by dragging it to Trash you may use these commands:

  1. Launch Terminal application from Applications/Utilities

  2. Paste the commands into Terminal (one by one; hit return after pasting each command):

    sudo su

    (type your Administrator password and hit return. You will not see characters while typing)

    for pid in $(ps aux | grep "Parallels" | awk '{print $2}'); do echo kill -KILL $pid; done
    for kext in $(kextstat | grep parallels | awk '{print $6}'); do kextunload $kext; done
    rm /System/Library/Extensions/prl*
    rm -rf "Parallels"

Reinstalling Parallels Desktop

To reinstall Parallels Desktop 8:

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