What is Parallels? Parallels are the market leader in the virtualization market for Mac. Virtualization is the process of allowing one (1) Mac CPU to use two or more virtual Operating Systems at the same time. While virtualization maybe a good idea to allow a user to use selected software and/or programs from both Mac, Microsoft, Linux, even import and/or export content from one program to another some users might opt to uninstall.
Why uninstall? There are several reasons for uninstalling Parallels from a user’s MAC, such as: to save on memory, to reroute RAM for use in other programs, to simplify online lifestyle, or to install another type of virtualization program. Regardless of the reasons the important thing here is to plan carefully the Uninstall and save all necessary information from the alternate Operating Systems into one folder, make sure to still have a copy of Parallels, and lastly, it is a good idea to update System Restore. In some cases partitioning Memory and using a specified partition just for storage (without any operating system) may be a good idea.
How to uninstall Parallels Desktop? Uninstalling Parallels is quite simple; the user just has to follow the following step by step procedure (Parallels virtual machines may not be deleted from Macintosh HD):
1. Locate the Uninstaller Application for Parallels. Found in the:
a. Parallels Desktop for Mac Installation CD/DVD. Insert the disc and a window with “Uninstall Parallels Desktop” will pop up from the screen.
b. CPU itself if the Parallels Desktop for Mac was installed via downloaded software. Just use the quick find option in the PC to find the correct folder. When the uninstall package is clicked “Uninstall Parallels Desktop” will pop up from the screen.
2. Click the Uninstall option to start the Uninstaller application. Follow the appropriate prompts and/or directions that will pop out from the screen..
3. When the uninstall process is finished open “Finder,” then “Applications,” then “Utilities” and then “Terminal.” Next, copy and then paste the following commands. (This should be done individually making sure the commands are correct to avoid unnecessary complications and/or OS corruption:
sudo rm -rf Parallels
sudo rm -rf Parallels
sudo rm -rf vmmain.kext
sudo rm -rf hypervisor.kext
sudo rm -rf Pvsvnic.kext
sudo rm -rf ConnectUSB.kext
sudo rm -rf Pvsnet.kext
4. When the MAC password is asked enter the appropriate password.
5. Restart the Mac pc.
In closing the question on how to uninstall Parallels Desktop 7 or older version is easily answered. The user can just search the web for “How to uninstall Parallels” or look for the “How to uninstall Parallels” portion of the user manual. The more important part is not “How to uninstall Parallels” but to make sure that it is really what the user wants and to make sure no file is lost unnecessarily.