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You can't use the included X-Rite software to calibrate your monitor *unless* your monitor is connected to a "computer" of some sort that the included software can run on e.g. an HTPC in the HT discipline. Read that statement slowly, it wasn't that clear to me when I got an i1 Display Pro (commonly called an "i1D3" here) either...nothing, absolutely nothing at all, is very clear or documented with X-Rite software, and it has a slightly bizarre/unclear "workflow" until you get used to it. And there is essentially no technical info on it, nor details provided by them on the i1D3 itself. They are apparently rather "secretive", and I kind of understand why actually, so I don't get perturbed with them. The Profiling software does work on computer-attached displays, works quite well I think, but it does have that (understandable) limitation. It's even better if you have an ADC driving the display (while you're using it!, not just while calibrating). And the hardware is actually rather good. Soooo...no complaints here! Don't bother with the software on the included X-Rite disc, it's quite old, go to their site and download the latest profiler and driver version.
I use my i1D3 with the current version of HCFR. You do not have to load anything extra re drivers, probably...at least I didn't. There is an extensive HCFR thread here which has good info. If confused, just ask, somebody can tell you exactly what you need to choose re options. I have not had a single issue with the current version of HCFR with my i1D3 on my plasma. There is a slight learning curve of course, but it's actually very slight and you can start playing right away while you figure it out. The downside of HCFR is it doesn't have a good means of providing reports, but then I think it's not meant for pro use where you'd have customers etc. that you'd leave the reports with in exchange for $$$ lol.
Edit: I only mentioned HCFR because you did, and it's free = good for learning. Of course you may choose to go to one of the other pro software options once you've got your feet wet.