Removing Parallels back to Bootcamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by FTLOSM, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. FTLOSM macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2011
    When I bought my imac I got a copy of parallels desktop 8, I really enjoyed being able to jump back and forth as I transitioned into use of the mac side of life, however I am beyond over parallels and their repeated "you need to upgrade parallels to continue to use it with your mac" messages.

    It seems they make their money with constant updates that require you to buy an upgrade which is generally $50 or more so certainly not inexpensive. I paid it the first two times and yet again I am getting more you need to pay to use this messages everytime apple makes an update suddenly their product won't work unless I pay more.

    So my question is how do i remove parallels from the computer, I realize I will just have to access windows via bootcamp and that's not exactly ideal but I will not continue to pay parallels each time there is an update to me it's beyond frustrating and seems a bit greedy honestly.

    Will it mess anything up with my windows 7 i have installed on the machine itself or the files on that windows side of things?

  2. dimme macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    Check this out
    I would also like to suggest giving VirtualBox a try. Is free and you should be able to convert you parallels virtual machines.
  3. FTLOSM thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2011
    I hadn't heard about Virtual Box but I will certainly be googling it, so annoyed by parallels and their constant hands out for more money everytime apple has an update you have to pay to continue using parallels which gets old quick for me.
  4. CGW macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2015
    I use VMWare Fusion and have the same complaints about annual upgrades.

    I've used VirtualBox for years on Windows PCs. It works well. I've read that it's much less integrated and more resource-intensive on OS X than either Parallels or Fusion.
  5. FTLOSM thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2011
    I think I can handle just going the bootcamp route, if I remove parallels and whatnot it won't effect my windows 7 installation or the files on that win7 portion will it? I guess that's my biggest concern don't want to lose stuff from the windows install, but I can boot into bootcamp as needed.

    Funny thing is I loved parallels as a product it worked great for me, hated having to cough up extortion of $50 every 9-12 months to get a "working" version, if I knew that from day one I would have stayed away from Parallels even though it is handy it gets old paying all the fees.
  6. CGW macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2015
    Is it that it won't work -- or just that it's a "recommended upgrade"?

    I don't ever recall not being able to use Fusion with new versions of OS X -- just that new features in OS X weren't supported.
  7. FTLOSM thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2011
    I get emails and message warnings like this constantly, if i update apple side of things I have to pay to get parallels updated as they state it won't work without updating, apparently someone said now it's a pay yearly thing if you buy now, either way it's extortion to me, I am done paying ;(

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  8. JuanGuapo macrumors 6502a


    May 21, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Same except with Fusion 8. If I must run Windows, I'll boot camp from now on.
  9. CGW macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2015
    Just saw that VMWare Fusion isn't charging for their update this year. A nice surprise!
  10. Budiosx macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2012
  11. Mrmullad macrumors member


    Dec 21, 2014
    I don't know why everyone uses bootcamp or any virtual software as I said In other threads Windows 10 external SSD brilliant.
  12. Tarek macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2009
    Liverpool, UK
    Not everyone has an external SSD or is willing to use one for Windows would be my response to that, but I do appreciate the suggestion.

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