I feel you, I had to install .NET 2.0 solely for the "Intel SSD Toolbox" to work.
That's about 300 mb of bloat (with all the security fixes) only to be able to use trim once in a while (I'm on XP too).
The Intel SSD Toolbox itself is a 4 megs application...
Totally ridiculous if you ask me :/
The situation is growing worse. The new integrated graphics "driver" package alone wastes hundreds of megabytes of disk space with all of the unnecessary application (not to mention language resource) files, and on top of that wants me to install the latest .NET Framework, which would probably add at least another gigabyte when subsequent security updates are taken into account. It would be great if the *only* consequence were wasted disk space, but installing .NET makes a lot of fundamental changes to the operating system itself, which to me are undesirable.
I really wish Intel (and all hardware manufacturers) would release separate driver-only packages for all devices, or at least maintain the drivers in a setup (*.inf) file apart from the optional accessories/applications. Thank you in advance for taking our complaints seriously Intel.
Ever installed ATI video drivers?
.net is needed there since 2006 - different versions...
although having to install .net before u can install graphics drivers may not be comfortable its perfectly normal for the windows platform.
If u dont want that hassle choose a better OS with a real package Manager that automatically solves all dependencis and uses unified updating services for all your software. Yeah sounds pretty futuristic eh, not having to run all these update services of different vendors but one for all? Actually its cheap and pretty convenient. and yes, the intel drivers for that platform are very good indeed (Debian/ubuntu eh)