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How to uninstall Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

Symptoms

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

Cause

Mac OS X system failure or incorrect software update may result in 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 to appear in the system. In such cases, you might need to remove Parallels Desktop from your system and perform a clean installation of Parallels Desktop.

NOTE: all your virtual machines will stay in place unaffected. The default location is ~/Documents/Parallels/*.pvm

Resolution

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: http://kb.parallels.com/en/5029

  1. Shut down Parallels Desktop and Virtual Machines
  2. Locate and double click Parallels Desktop installation package (file with with .dmg extension) or insert Parallels Desktop installation CD. If you cannot find your Parallels Desktop 7 .dmg installation file you may download it here.
  3. You should see a window as on screen shot below (if you do not see this window go to Finder and launch Parallels Desktop image mounted to Finder.
  4. Click Uninstall and follow the uninstallation wizard steps.




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