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How to uninstall Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

Symptoms

  • The Parallels Desktop application works improperly.
  • You need to reinstall Parallels Desktop (first uninstall it, as prompted below, then install it again).
  • You want to uninstall Parallels Desktop.

Cause

Mac OS X system failure or an incorrect software update may result in the inability to install Parallels Desktop or load system files properly. Working in Mac OS X for long periods of time without restarting may lead to some minor glitches in the system. In such cases, you may need to remove Parallels Desktop from your system and perform a clean installation.

Note: All your virtual machines will be unaffected. The default location is ~/Documents/Parallels/*.pvm.

Resolution

Your virtual machines will not be affected by this procedure—only the Parallels Desktop application will be uninstalled. If you want to remove a virtual machine, see KB 5029.

  1. Shut down Parallels Desktop and all virtual machines.
  2. Double-click the Parallels Desktop installation package (locate the file with a .dmg extension) or insert the Parallels Desktop installation CD. If you can’t find the installation file, download it from KB 5802.
  3. You should see a window, as in the screen shot below. If you don’t see this window, go to the Finder and launch the Parallels Desktop image mounted there.
  4. Click Uninstall and follow the Uninstall Wizard.




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