Uninstall Parallels 8 Fully?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by JessaT, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Hi,

    I installed Parallels 8 on my MacBook to evaluate it. I installed a preview of Windows 8 too.

    I have decided that I am not going to purchase it, at this time, so obviously wanted to remove it. On the Parallels site it says simply to drag the App to trash to remove. Which I did. However I am left with many stray files around my system it seems, such as the Workstation images still in documents (which I found and removed) but also a 'Windows 8 Applications' folder in launcher.

    How do I clean my system fully, and what has Parallels changed on my system? Its pretty new (my first Mac) and I know from experience with Windows how programs like this (I used to use VMWare) can install extra drivers and services and a drag and drop to trash does not seem to be enough.

    Any help appreciated. I might well purchase this software in future (for an iMac). Just right now I need it gone from my laptop.

  2. Andrew@Parallels

    Andrew@Parallels Parallels Team

  3. Any why aren't the following directories and files mentioned in your guide?

    rm -rf /Users/jay/Library/Parallels/
    rm -rf /Users/jay/Library/Logs/parallels*
    rm -rf /Library/Logs/parallels*
    rm -rf /Library/Preferences/Parallels/
    rm -rf /Users/jay/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/com.parallels.desktop.console.savedState/
    rm -rf /Users/jay/Library/Preferences/com.parallels.*
    rm -rf /Users/jay/Library/Preferences/Parallels/
    rm -rf /Users/Shared/Parallels/
    rm -rf Applications\ \(Parallels\)/

    jay is my username.

    This is one of the reasons I didn't move away from VMWare - better documentation.

    Zhivko Bozhkov
  4. A little mod:
    rm -rf /Users/$USER/Library/Parallels/
    rm -rf /Users/$USER/Library/Logs/parallels*
    rm -rf /Users/$USER/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/com.parallels.desktop.console.savedState/
    rm -rf /Users/$USER/Library/Preferences/com.parallels.*
    rm -rf /Users/$USER/Library/Preferences/Parallels/
    rm -rf Applications\ \(Parallels\)/
    sudo rm -rf /Library/Logs/parallels*
    sudo rm -rf /Library/Preferences/Parallels/
    sudo rm -rf /Users/Shared/Parallels/

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