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The persistent message: Quit Parallels Desktop to continue the installation

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Home Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition

Symptoms

While updating/upgrading Parallels Desktop for Mac, I got the following message:

Quit Parallels Desktop to continue the installation.

The installation cannot continue while Parallels Desktop and virtual machines are running.

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And that message doesn't go away even if I quit Parallels Desktop.

Resolution

  1. Open Finder > Applications > and move the Parallels Desktop app to Trash.
  2. Restart your Mac and install Parallels Desktop.



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