It's a 1 time thing.... like, you run it, and closes everything..... everything. Your apps, other people's apps, windows apps.... everything. The only thing it leaves running is the required windows processes, such as explorer.exe, svchost.exe, etc, etc. So you run it, it closes everything (and then itself) and you are left with the bare essentials.... it doesn't keep running, so you can at that point load whatever you want, and it won't interfer with it (unless you choose to run it again).
This is it. The program I'm actually building has a lot more functionality than this little guy. I actually took the code from the project to make this one. The bigger project, I'll post when it's done, it's purpose is because I go to a lot of homes where people want me to work on their systems, and the program helps me to operate on the very most basic level, and helps me to automate the things I do the most (stopping all non-relevant apps, and processes, cleaning out the start up, etc, etc). This program may come up with a popup box that tells you that windows wouldn't let it stop X number of processes.... this is no big deal, those are most likely services or anti-virus programs, which in all truth should only be closed by the user anyway, if at all, so that's nothing to be worried about. Let me know what you think of it.
I downloaded this thing and unzipped it, and clicked Setup, but it keeps saying "Insert Disk" ... does that mean I just have to insert any old 3 1/2 or do I need a special disk which I in all likelihood don't have?
That's weird. I'm sorry I can't help you.... everyone else who runs it has no problem, so I'm not sure if there is something specific with your PC or what.... if you want the source code, or if you want a list of the programs that it does NOT remove, I can do that for ya...
There was a program called End it all 2 that killed all processes exept the one needed for your computer to run. I think it was repaced and develpment was discontinued, but you can read about it here: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1935,00.asp
I am sure if you searched enough you could find it.