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I am running Windows 7 in a virtual machine. Now all of its applications are available via the Open With (or even as the default for some) on the Mac. I don't want them there. I've remapped the ones where it was the default, but it is still listed on the Open With menu. How can I remove all of them?

I have shared folders turned off.

I've seen this with Parallels too, and I thought I saw a option to turn it off, but I cannot find it.

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This should be asked on – Pacerier Apr 25 '15 at 14:12
up vote 5 down vote accepted

VMWare 3.1.2

  • Go to Virtual Machine > Settings > Applications > Default Applications
  • Uncheck the box: "Open your Mac files and web links using XX applications

Parallels 6.0

  • Go to Virtual Machine > Configure > Applications
  • Uncheck the box: "Share windows applications with Mac"
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Any idea how to make this the default? Every new Linked Clone re-enables this, polluting my system. – bouke Feb 3 '14 at 9:48

To complete @nuc answer, you also need to

  • shutdown your virtual machine
  • navigate to it in the Finder
  • right-click Show Package Content
  • delete the Applications folder
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Where are my Virtual Machine files located? – Jim McKeeth Mar 30 '11 at 18:07
The easiest for you would be to open VMware Fusion, right click on the virtual machine and select Show in Finder – Loïc Wolff Mar 30 '11 at 18:10
My PC Gets stuck shutting down since removal of "Application" folder. I did not like that... – user53727 Jul 22 '13 at 18:01

If you are using VMWare 3.x, you can try the Steps mentioned in this Article from the VMWare-Community.

Additionally, you can trash the file "" found in ~/Library/Prefences. The List of Applications listed in the context-menu will be rebuild the next time you try to open a file via the context menu

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