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Removing Parallels Desktop Without the Installation Disk

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 4 for Mac Standard Edition

Symptoms

I want to remove Parallels Desktop version 4 but have nor Installation CD/DVD nor .dmg installation package. 

Resolution

Parallels Desktop can be removed without the installation disk via Uninstaller.sh  command line utility located in the directory: 

Library/Parallels/Parallels Service.app/Contents/Resources

# ls -la  /Library/Parallels/Parallels\ Service.app/Contents/Resources

-rw-rw-r--      1 root      admin   134164 Oct 13 05:02 Parallels.icns
-rwxr-xr-x      1 root     admin    7194 Oct 13 05:02 ParallelsDispatcherService
-rwxrwxr-x    1 root     admin    17723 Oct 13 05:02 Uninstaller.sh
drwxrwxr-x    24 root  admin     816 Oct 13 04:14 VM Samples
-rw-r--r--       1 root     admin     715 Oct 13 05:02 com.parallels.vm.prl_naptd.plist
-rwxrwxr-x   1 root      admin    1258 Oct 13 05:02 uninstaller_messages.strings

The syntax of Uninstaller.sh is:

# ./Uninstaller.sh selection

Where selection can be one of the following:
                desktop Removes Parallels Desktop.
                vitools Removes Parallels Transporter, Parallels Explorer, Parallels ImageTool.
                sdk Removes Parallels Server SDK.
                gtools Removes Parallels Tools for Mac OS X.

You can also pass to Uninstaller.sh one of the following options:
                --help Displays the usage information on Uninstaller.sh.
                --remove-configs Removes Parallels Desktop configuration files.

Here is the example how to remove Parallels Desktop from the computer using Uninstaller.sh:

NOTE: All virtual machines and Parallels Desktop application itself should be stopped before!


Run the Terminal (Finder -> Applications -> Utilities) and type (without #):

# cd /Library/Parallels/Parallels\ Service.app/Contents/Resources
# sudo ./Uninstaller.sh desktop vitools gtools
    [UN_PERCENT]:4[UN_OP]:Stopping Parallels Desktop [UN_MSG]:Stopping Dispatcher
    launchctl stop "com.parallels.desktop.launchdaemon"
    ...
    [UN_PERCENT]:100[UN_OP]:Uninstall successfull[UN_MSG]:Parallels Desktop
    Removed

NOTE:  you will be asked about your password but would not see it when typing in.

 Parallels Desktop is removed.



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