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How to uninstall or reinstall Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac

  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Standard Edition
  • For information on removing Parallels Desktop 3, see KB 4709
  • For information on removing Parallels Desktop 4, see KB 5714
  • For information on removing Parallels Desktop 5, see KB 6904
  • For information on removing Parallels Desktop 6, see KB 9087
  • For information on removing Parallels Desktop 7, see KB 112189
  • For information on removing Parallels Desktop 9, see KB 116992


  • You want to uninstall Parallels Desktop.
  • You need to reinstall Parallels Desktop.
  • Parallels Desktop application works improperly.
  • You upgraded to Parallels Desktop 8 and are experiencing issues.


Note: 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, please see KB 5029.

  1. Shut down your virtual machines and quit Parallels Desktop.
  2. Open the Applications folder and drag the Parallels Desktop icon to the Trash.
  3. Empty the Trash.
  4. Reboot your Mac.


Uninstalling Parallels Desktop using

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

  1. Launch the Terminal application from Applications —> Utilities.

  2. Paste the following commands into Terminal one by one, hitting Return after each command:

    sudo su

    Enter your Mac user password (your Mac user should have Administrator privileges) 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:

  • Download the installation package.

  • Then install it by following the instructions in KB 114623

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