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How to Remove Parallels From Mac Along With Windows Installation File

by Mrinal Saha
Windows on mac

Removing apps from Mac computers is easy. Simply, drag the application’s icon to the Trash. However, there are few applications, that stored its dependency outside their package and finding them may require some investigation. One such application is Parallels Desktop, a popular app that helps you run Windows on Mac.

Uninstall ‘Parallels Desktop’ is a bit tricky. You can’t directly uninstall parallel software from the application. First, you need to delete the windows installation file, before you remove the app. Let’s see how to do it.

Follow the steps.

1. Check your Mac storage. To do so, click on the Apple menu, select About This Mac. A new window will pop up. Click Storage. Mine shows, 3.17 GB available. Let’s free up some space.

Check your Mac storage

2. Open ‘Parallels Desktop’ app from the spotlight or Mac Launchpad, if it’s not already open.

Open Parallels Desktop

3. The app is usually configured to load Windows, once you open it. If the Windows is running, we need to shut it down first. To do so, use the app menu option that you typically get on the top-right on Mac and look for to ‘Shutdown’ option.

Next, look for an option to open Control Center from the same top right menu. A new window will open that looks like the image below, right-click on the gear icon and click on remove.

open control center

4. It will ask you to confirm deleting the windows file, click on Move to trash.

move to trash

5. Now head over to trash, you will find an18.84 GB Windows iso file here. Empty the trash.

Empty the trash.

6. And that’s it. If you check your Mac storage now, you’ll see significant free space. Mine says 26.28 GB available.

Check your Mac storage

From here, if you would like to keep the Parrell Software, you can just let it be or head over to Application page and delete the software. You might have to restart your computer after that.

Also Read: How to Quickly Navigate to a Folder in Terminal on Mac

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