completely removing parallels from mac

Juan Dominguez
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i didn't like the way parallels ran on mac osx yosemite 10.10.5

i uninstalled it, but i can tell the unistall is not complete because when i try to
use certain programs that are both mac & windows, the parallels error box pops
up saying it can't open parallels.

i'd like to know if mac pros are available to walk me through uninstalling parallels completely
so this doesn't keep happening.

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Martin LissOlder than dirt
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This article from Parallels describes how to uninstall Parallels 12, but there are also articles for at least 7, 8, 9 and 10.


thanks martin!

unfortunately, this is what i am referring to.

this may remove parallels, but it only removes parallels and nothing else.

for example, all of the windows programs are still on the hard drive which
are just taking up space and there's obviously other files too still associated
with parallels because when i try to run ms office for mac, it always triggers
the parallels pop up saying it can't find parallels before going ahead and opening
in mac osx as it should.

but this is why i removed parallels to begin with.

11 seems to be really buggy. big problems if you have
software that is installed on osx and also installed
on parallels windows.

if you try to open the mac version parallels tries to take over and
start running the windows versions.

so i need to uninstall all of this completely.
Martin LissOlder than dirt
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I have both a Parallels windows VM running right now and when I try to open Excel it opens in Parallels and when I open Numbers it opens under OS X. I also have the OS X version of Excel and it knows to open in OS X. I've had Parallels since at least version 7 and have had no major problems running Windows and OS X seamlessly side by side, so before you throw anything away try contacting Parallels support.
It sounds like you have your file associations set to open up certain file extensions with windows apps in parallels.  You can fix the file associations and reset them to Mac apps and it will stop trying to open in parallels.

What you're looking for the the aliased Applications folder.

Every time you start up Parallels it rebuilds a list of Windows applications and puts them in the OSX User home folder .. if you look in your users Home folder you'll see folders called APPLICATIONS.  If you look in there you'll see subfolders associated with the Parallels VMs and inside these are APPS which register on OSX and allow you to open files in the relevant Parallels VM.

Delete all these apps and they no longer are associated with files and no longer try and open an non-existent Parallels.

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