My experience is that anything that requires you to install Microsoft.net 2.0 Framework will be nothing but headaches. ... If you install it you can be highly confident you will get what you deserve.
Just my opinion
I am with you! I won't say I got "nothing but headaches", as I've been using NHC/Framework 2.0 for several years now, but I did not like the junk that was being loaded for the Framework 2.0 installation and have since removed it (for my new n-lite XP installation).
So now, does anyone know of a CPU util that will do essentially the same thing that Notebook Hardware Control does?
The best thing I liked about NHC was that I could set it for variable CPU speed.
It stays most of the time at around 600-700 Mhz and whenever it needs more power will bump up to as high as 1600-1800 Mhz. That is really cool, figuratively and literally speaking.