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How to remove parallels desktop on mac

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hi i tested out parallels desktop on mac to run windows 7 and now i want to remove it as well as get back all the space it took up to run this virtual machine. how do i do that?
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by:EnigmaBlade
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There should be an uninstaller included with the application.  If you can't find the uninstaller in the applications folder, it should be included in the DMG package or the disk you used to install Parallels.

For more help, the Parallels site has some information: http://kb.parallels.com/4709
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yeah but does this remove the vitual machine as well so i can get back all the space that it dedicated for windows 7?
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by:Justin Yeung
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the virtual is just a VHD file which you can just delete it

use easy find to search the file

http://easyfind.en.softonic.com/mac
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by:mccrick
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Parallels uses a dynamically sized Virtual HDD or disk image. It may be a 32GB drive or bigger when  Windows is using it, but when it is sitting there as an image that you can see from the Finder, it may only be 6 or 8GB. When you delete this file and empty your trash, you get that space back.

Remove the App and remove the Parallels folders containing the VHD.
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