Why do I need Windows 10.pvm in Mojave?

blackxacto

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Windows 10.pvm is 8.36GB large in my Mojave 17,1 iMac. Why do I need this file? I do not run Parallels purposely, unless something needs it to run. Anyone know why it might be installed in my iMac?
 

blackxacto

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That’s what I am asking, what else needs this file? I do not run windows purposely. I do not run parallels purposely. What runs parallels without me knowing it in Mojave?
 

macloverHK

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That’s what I am asking, what else needs this file? I do not run windows purposely. I do not run parallels purposely. What runs parallels without me knowing it in Mojave?
The Windows OS still needs the space even if you're not running Windows at this moment.
 

triptolemus

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Nothing "runs Parallels without you knowing". Obviously, at some point, someone created a Windows 10 virtual machine with Parallels.
 
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ZipZap

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That file would not be on you workstation unless you installed parallels. And only if you set up a VM.

Did you buy this used or get it from someone?

If you're not running virtual machines, you dont need that file.
 

blackxacto

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I may have loaded VPN software then unsuccessfully removed it. But it was an experiment, i don’t use VPN or windows. I got the iMac from Apple Store.
 

blackxacto

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Didn’t buy anything, may have tried a demo. No way have I bought any windows software. Either it was a demo VPN, or demo Parallels.
 

nollimac

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Why not keep it...you need Windows...you just don't it yet, or resisting. Running the latest Windows of a virtual machine on a MAC is the ultimately the best of both worlds...I think! You must have installed the software.
 

DeltaMac

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If you are not ever going to use Windows on your Mac again, then removing the Windows VM file would get you some space back.
You may want to check in all the locations where Parallels might have .pvm files
This article will help you with that.

Be sure to check in your Applications folder. If you see the Parallels app in that folder (where is would have been installed originally), you can simply drag that Parallels app to the trash (assuming that you are not likely to run Windows on your Mac again) :cool:
 

blackxacto

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Why not keep it...you need Windows...you just don't it yet, or resisting. Running the latest Windows of a virtual machine on a MAC is the ultimately the best of both worlds...I think! You must have installed the software.
No thanks
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If you are not ever going to use Windows on your Mac again, then removing the Windows VM file would get you some space back.
You may want to check in all the locations where Parallels might have .pvm files
This article will help you with that.

Be sure to check in your Applications folder. If you see the Parallels app in that folder (where is would have been installed originally), you can simply drag that Parallels app to the trash (assuming that you are not likely to run Windows on your Mac again) :cool:
Parallels not in App folder. No .pvm files according to Find Any File. Thanks.