How To Remove Windows From Your Parallel Desktop

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Are you looking to remove Windows from your Parallels desktop? If so, you're in the right place! In this blog post, we'll cover the steps necessary to safely and securely remove Windows from your Parallels desktop.

First and foremost, it's important to make sure that all open programs are closed and any other users are logged out. When you're ready, open Boot Camp Assistant and click “Continue.” If the Select Task step appears, select “Remove Windows 10 or later version” and click continue.

Next, click on the Parallels icon on your Mac menu bar and select Control Center. Right-click on your virtual machine and select Remove “virtual machine name…files if you wish to access the files from this virtual machine later. The virtual machine will be removed from the list but it will remain in its original location.

At this point, you should shut down your virtual machine as well as quit Parallels Desktop. Open your Applications folder, drag the Parallels Desktop icon into the Trash, then empty the Trash before rebooting your Mac.

And that's how to remove Windows from Parallels! While this process may seem a bit intimidating at first, following these steps carefully will help ensure that you don't run into any problems down the line. Do keep in mind that removing Parallels Desktop does not automatically delete all of your virtual machines—you must manually delete them in order for them to no longer take up space on your computer!

Removing Windows from Mac Parallels

Removing Windows from Mac Parallels is easy and straightforward. To begin, open the Parallels Control Center from the Mac menu bar by clicking on the Parallels icon. Right-click on your virtual machine and select Remove “virtual machine name”… files. This will remove the virtual machine from the list, but it will remain in its original location in case you would like to access the files later.

Next, you will need to delete the associated files for that virtual machine. To do this, open Finder and go to Documents > Parallels > [Virtual Machine Name]. Here you will find a folder containing all of the associated files for this virtual machine. Select all of these files and delete them by dragging them to your Trash bin or pressing Command + Delete.

Once all of these steps are completed Windows will be removed from your Mac Parallels environment completely.

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Does Uninstalling Parallels Remove Windows?

No, removing the Parallels Desktop application does not automatically remove the Windows operating system from your computer. The virtual machine containing the Windows environment will remain on your computer until you manually delete it. If you want to completely remove Windows from your computer, you will need to delete the virtual machine through Parallels Desktop or manually access its files and delete them from your hard drive.

Uninstalling Windows from a Mac

To uninstall Windows from your Mac, first, you must quit all open applications and log out any other users. Then open Boot Camp Assistant. Click Continue, then in the Select Tasks step, select “Remove Windows 10 or later version” and click Continue again. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation process. Once finished, you can remove the Windows partition from your Mac's hard drive.

Uninstalling Parallels Windows 11 on Mac

To uninstall Parallels Desktop 11 on Mac, follow these steps:
1. Shut down your virtual machine and quit Parallels Desktop.
2. Open your Applications folder, then locate the Parallels Desktop icon and drag it into the Trash.
3. Empty the Trash.
4. Reboot your Mac to complete the uninstallation process.

Isolating Windows from Mac Parallels

Yes, it is generally recommended to isolate Windows from Mac Parallels. Isolating a virtual machine provides the highest level of by preventing the possible spread of malicious code between operating systems. By isolating your Windows operating system from Mac Parallels, you can ensure that any changes or damage done to one system will not affect the other. Additionally, isolating your virtual machines allows you to securely store sensitive data and confidential information without worrying about cross-contamination between systems.

Uninstalling Windows 7 from Parallels

To uninstall Windows 7 from Parallels, first, open the Parallels Desktop application. Once it is open, select the virtual machine that you wish to uninstall. On the top right-hand corner of the virtual machine window, click on the Settings button. Once you are in the Settings menu, go to the General tab and click on Uninstall. This will start the uninstallation process for Windows 7 from your computer. Follow through with any prompts that appear until you are finished uninstalling Windows 7 from Parallels.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.