Forum Question: How to uninstall Windows 7 and Parallels from Mac

I would like to uninstall Windows 7 from the Parallels program on my Mac. Then i want to uninstall Parallels so I can activate Bootcamp. What is the best way to do this? Is it ok to just uninstall Parallels and Windows 7 will be gone too? Also, what is your opinion of running Parallels vs. Bootcamp? Parallels was huge problem running Windows efficiently.
Yvonne S.

Comments: 29 Responses to “How to uninstall Windows 7 and Parallels from Mac”

    10/4/10 @ 10:41 am

    You don’t need to uninstall Parallels and is Windows 7 partition to use Boot camp. I have both going.
    If you want to remove a virtual machine, just look in the Parallels help under “Removing a Virtual Machine” and it lists a few options.
    You can also look in their help under “Removing Parallels Desktop” for uninstall instructions.
    However, if you simply remove the virtual machine and leave Parallels installed, you can then use Parallels to run your Boot camp partition when you want. So you can have one install of Windows and access it either by rebooting into it, or running Parallels inside of Mac OS. The best of both worlds.

    Yvonne S.
    10/4/10 @ 12:19 pm

    So, I do want to uninstall Parallels but do I have to uninstall all the programs on the virtual machine before I unistall the virtual machine and parallels program?

      10/4/10 @ 3:22 pm

      You don’t have to uninstall anything. You can just “throw away” the Windows 7 virtual machine. But if you want to uninstall and unregister software packages to make it easier to re-install them again, then go ahead.

    10/4/10 @ 12:20 pm

    Why would you want to use bootcamp instead of parallels?

    Yvonne S.
    10/4/10 @ 12:47 pm

    I had huge problem running Windows on the Parallels. Updates for Quickbooks take too long and printer is very delayed in printing jobs: it will take 2 to 3 print ques for my payroll to print or wont print for 30 minutes.

      10/4/10 @ 3:24 pm

      That seems unusual. Have you tried to contact Parallels for support? Seems like the sort of thing that should work without an issue. Rebooting into Boot camp will be a pain, so I would try to get Parallels working. Maybe you just need to tweak some settings.
      Also, if QuickBooks is the goal, then why not use QuickBooks for Mac, or better yet, QuickBooks online? Then you don’t need Windows at all.

        5/2/12 @ 7:16 pm

        Don’t buy and install QuickBooks for Mac if you plan on doing payroll with it. The new 2012 QuickBooks for Mac payroll version is incompatible with the Windows version and you cannot upload your old payroll files, year to date.

    Yvonne S.
    10/4/10 @ 1:37 pm

    Also, if I set up bootcamp with windows 7 on it and keep the Parallels virtual with windows 7. Will I have a problem deleting the Windows 7 from the Parallels? Will it affect the bootcamp windows 7?

      10/4/10 @ 3:25 pm

      You can’t do it that way (have two separate installs of Windows) because you only have one Windows license. You would need to have one install of Windows (Boot camp) and then Parallels to access that SAME install. They have documentation about it.

    Dimitris Liogkas
    11/24/10 @ 2:34 pm

    Dear sirs,
    how to uninstall windows 7 and parallels 5 from iMac.

    Sincerely Yours

    Dimitris Liogkas

      11/24/10 @ 9:07 pm

      Go into Parallels and remove the Windows 7 partition you created. See the Parallels help for details. Then uninstall Parallels after you have removed all partitions. See Parallels support for more.

    10/24/11 @ 8:21 am

    I have a trialversion of Parallels 7 installed and running Windows 7. How much space does this install require? And if I donĀ“t want to continue using Parallels and Windows 7 how should I, step by step pls, uninstall them?

      10/24/11 @ 8:56 am

      It depends on how much stuff you have on that Windows partition. Just find that partition (really, just a large file) on your drive and see how large it is. Mine are in my Documents/Parallels folder. To uninstall, control click on the Virtual Machine in Parallels and select “Remove” — check the Parallels docs for more details.

    11/17/11 @ 11:08 am

    I have Parallels and Win7 on my new mac. Unfortunately when my son installed Win7 he didn’t do it so all users had access to it. I’m thinking I need to uninstall and reinstall Win7. Is this possible? How do I do it?

      11/17/11 @ 11:20 am

      There might be a way to change it. I would check with Parallels support first. If you need to remove and re-install, just remove the virtual machine from Parallels and add it again.

    Steve Cohen
    11/22/11 @ 5:01 pm

    I installed Parallels and Windows on my new MacBook Pro, in the hope of running Quickbooks for PC. I quickly discovered that it doesn’t work so well, so I’m going with Quickbooks for Mac 21012 instead, which does seem to be better than the previous Quickbooks for Mac 2007. I ran un-install to remove Parallels. How do I completely remove Windows?

      11/22/11 @ 7:23 pm

      If you still had Parallels installed, you can simply select the virtual machine you created and delete it. Perhaps it asked and deleted the machine when you uninstalled? If you have uninstalled already, and the machine is still there (as a large file) I suppose you could just find it and delete it. But consult Parallels support for details.

    3/5/12 @ 9:05 am

    I have a new iMac with Parallels and Windows 7 installed on it I have a large Kyocera printer and I needed Parallels so I could stay with the same features that I am used to. Everything seemed to be working fine until Windows 7 had some updates that came and now my printer doesn’t do all of the things that it used to to do (like making a booklet, folding and stapling)
    I want to uninstall Windows 7 and re-install again, hoping that this will correct the problem. How do I do this? Should I also uninstall Parallels and how do I do this? Thanks

      3/5/12 @ 9:20 am

      Don’t uninstall Parallels. That won’t help. I suppose you can delete the Windows virtual machine (from inside Parallels) and then create a new one.

        3/6/12 @ 10:05 am

        Ok thanks, how do i delete the Windows virtual machine from inside Parallels?

          3/6/12 @ 10:46 am

          I believe you bring up the list of virtual machines (Windows menu). Then Control+Click on any virtual machine and select “Remove.” Or, I think you can just use File, Remove.

    3/28/12 @ 11:04 am

    I have problem with my Window 7, I have installed Adobe Photoshop and it work well but after I’m finished install Mic Office, it’s started to hang. I’ve tried to uninstall the program but nothing can do to my window. My mac work well but when i switch to window it’s becoming a problem. Should I uninstall my parallel and Win7, but can i reuse my activation key number to install it.

    4/17/12 @ 7:03 am

    I just installed Parallels and Windows 7 on my mac mini, however when I try to install Quickbooks for Accountants the Windows menu screen doesn’t show the “run” and the QB disc doesn’t load up on my screen. I am not sure I installed Parallels or Windows correctly and can’t figure out how to uninstall them so I can reinstall it correctly.

      4/17/12 @ 7:17 am

      I doubt that uninstalling both Windows and Parallels and then re-installing will fix it. It is probably an issue with a setting. I’d go to the Parallels support site forum and ask there.

    4/30/12 @ 10:15 pm

    I’m trying to unistall AutoCad Civil 3D 2012 on my Windows 7 running on Macbook Pro. There seems to be an error pop up on every attempt. Now if i totally remove windows 7 runnig on VMware Fusion will it remove the AutoCad Application as well?

      4/30/12 @ 10:28 pm

      If you uninstall the Windows partition being used by VMWare Fision, it will uninstall everything that is installed on that Windows partition. But that seems pretty extreme to just uninstall one application.

    8/16/12 @ 6:49 pm

    I have Windows 7 running under Parallels 5.0 on my iMac. I just upgraded to Mountain Lion and Parallels will not run. I do not use Parallels or need the Windows anymore and just want to remove all of it from my iMac. Since Parallels 5.0 will not run on Mountain Lion, I can’t run the Uninstall. How can I remove all Windows and Parallels from my iMac?

    Thanks for any help you can offer!

      8/16/12 @ 10:09 pm

      That is going to be tricky. An odd situation. I’d contains Parallels support for specific instructions as you will probably have to go to specific locations and remove specific files.

        8/30/12 @ 3:28 pm

        Gary, I was able to resolve the problem by downloading the free trial version of the Parallels upgrade and using it to uninstall everything.

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