Can't Uninstall Parallels in Leopard

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration' started by Scott Willsey, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. Scott Willsey

    Scott Willsey

    According to the Parallels Manual, uninstalling parallels desktop is as easy as running the "Uninstall Parallels" that comes in the dmg file. Whenever I try to run it, however, it tells me I don't have Parallels Desktop installed... Yes, I do.. right where it put it, in /Applications/Parallels directory.

    Version is 5160, on Leopard.

    The reason I am uninstalling it is that the stupid smart sharing windows app entries keep getting inserted in the launch services database even though I have VM security high and smart sharing disabled. I'm tired of fighting it... and to be honest, VMWare Fusion runs a lot better in general with less apparent drain on the system.

    The launchd thing just ticks me off so bad I'm done with it. Please advise how to properly uninstall if the uninstaller tells me I don't have Parallels installed. Thanks.
  2. Xenos

    Xenos Parallels Team

    Hello Scott Willsey,

    Are you sure you're trying to use an uninstaller for the build 5160?

    Anyway, you can uninstall Parallels Desktop in the following manner:
    a. Go to Finder - Applications - Utilities - Terminal.
    b. Type and run the following commands:
    • sudo rm /System/Library/Extensions/vmmain.kext
    • sudo rm /System/Library/Extensions/hypervisor.kext
    • sudo rm /System/Library/Extensions/helper.kext
    • sudo rm /System/Library/Extensions/ConnectUSB.kext
    • sudo rm /System/Library/Extensions/Pvsnet.kext
    • sudo rm -rf /Library/Parallels/
    • sudo rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.parallels.*
    Before you run these commands, please make sure that your VM .hdd and .pvs files are NOT stored in ~/Library/Parallels.
    c. Reboot your Mac and reinstall Parallels.

    Best regards,

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