6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 29, 2008 6:03 PM by doogald
fredericlang Level 1 (55 points)
I messedup.... I downloaded the lastest Parallels build5540 thinking that it was an update but of course it is not.. So I ran the uninstall and tried to reload my build3188, no luck can't load 3188.

Is there a way to completely get rid of Parallels in my machine? So thst I can reload Parallels build3188.


powermac 2xG5 MacBook 2.0 MacbookPro, Mac OS X (10.5), Airport Express, TV.
  • Kappy Level 10 (263,335 points)
    Run the uninstaller. The latest build is 5580, not 5540. I doubt that 3188 will run in Leopard.
  • dechamp Level 4 (3,490 points)
    The last release version of Parallels that is supported for Leopard is 5160. I just checked for an update and the program says "Your version of the Parallels Desktop is up-to-date."

    Later versions may work, but won't be offered through the program updater until they recommend it. For stability with a new OS, I'd go with the Parallels recommendation. Let the testers, with non-critical machines bang their heads...
  • fredericlang Level 1 (55 points)
    Hi Kappy,

    Thanks for the reply, I have tried to run the uninstaller, worked ok, then try to reload 3188 but I get a message saying that it is 5540 (I dowloaded this version few weeks ago) and I need a new activation key??? Is there any other way to delete the whole thing aside from unistaller?

  • Kappy Level 10 (263,335 points)
    Uninstalling Software: The Basics

    Most OS X applications are completely self-contained "packages" that can be uninstalled by simply dragging the application to the Trash. Most applications create preference files which are stored in the /Home/Library/Preferences/ folder. Although they do nothing once you delete the associated application, they do take up some disk space. If you want you can located them in the above location and delete them, too.

    Some applications may install an uninstaller program that can be used to remove the application. In some cases the uninstaller may be part of the application's installer, and is invoked by clicking on a Customize button that will appear during the install process.

    Some applications may install components in the /Home/Library/Applications Support/ folder. You can also check there to see if the application has created a folder. You can also delete the folder that's in the Applications Support folder. Again, they don't do anything but take up disk space once the application is trashed.

    Some applications may install a startupitem or a Log In item. Startupitems are usually installed in the /Library/StartupItems/ folder and less often in the /Home/Library/StartupItems/ folder. Log In Items are set in the Accounts preferences. Open System Preferences, click on the Accounts icon, then click on the LogIn Items tab. Locate the item in the list for the application you want to remove and click on the "-" button to delete it from the list.

    If an application installs any other files the best way to track them down is to do a Finder search using the application name or the developer name as the search term.

    There are also several shareware utilities that can uninstall applications:
    Spring Cleaning

    Look for them at www.versiontracker.com or www.mackupdate.com.

    For more information visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on removing software.
  • JE3 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have just upgraded from tiger to leopard on my iMac, and want to remove parallels from the system. I clicked on the uninstaller and parallels no longer loads, which is ok with me.

    But parallels with XP took up 8 GBs of disk space, and I want to reclaim this 8 GBs. Where is this 8 GBs of space located and how do I go about getting it back?
  • doogald Level 1 (95 points)
    Parallels web site says that the latest release is 5584, and recommends that all users running Leopard run that particular version. See http://www.parallels.com/en/support/desktop/leopard/