I was unable to defeat it on my system even by removing and re-installing Parallels Tools. I've not tried using the Reset command as suggested by Andrew. I agree - SmartStart does not give me "piece of mind" (see the mis-worded banner at the top of the page ). I have to give Parallels B+ for this upgrade - most of it is excellent stuff but worthless if this feature cannot be disabled. As for the beta testers - I guess I should have applied after all - I'd have raised a ruckus immediately, but it's bad form to implicate the testers vs the internal coders/architects.