The Nvidia ION chipset was used in affordable Intel Atom based Nettop PC’s released in 2009 onwards. Although not very powerful compared to PC’s of the time Nvidia ION based Nettop PC’s such as the Acer Revo R3600 series and the AsRock ION 330 where very popular for playing HD video. Using XBMC 720p and 1080p HD video decoding could be offloaded from the Intel Atom processor to the Nvidia ION GPU, allowing 1080p High Definition video to played back with ease on a very low powered device.
If you want to install a more modern version of Windows on an Intel Atom / Nvidia ION based desktop that is perfectly possible. Windows 8 works perfectly, as does the Windows 10 preview. Windows Update contains all the drives you require to get the system running with the exception of the Nvidia ION Coprocessor Driver.
Thankfully though the Windows 7 Nvidia ION Coprocessor Driver still works perfectly on Windows 8 and 10, and can be installed without installing any other older drivers.
Nvidia ION Coprocessor Driver For Windows 8 / 10 Download:
The download links above are simply the System Management Controller drivers extracted from the 15.51 ION chipset drivers released on the 01.10.2009
Nvidia ION Coprocessor Driver For Windows 8 / 10 Install:
To install the Nvidia ION Coprocessor Driver For Windows 8 / 10 simply extract either the 32bit or 64bit driver linked to above depending on the edition of Windows you have installed.
Next you want to open device manager (Right click on Computer, select properties then click Device Manager), under Other Devices you will see Coprocessor. Right click on Coprocessor then select update driver:
You will be asked where the Nvidia ION Coprocessor driver is located, simply browse for the location you unzipped the driver to, then select next:
You should then see Windows will successfully install the Nvidia System Managment Controller driver:
That’s basically it, the Coprocessor driver has been installed and is working fine:
As you can see the Device Manager now has no missing drivers for an Nvidia ION based Nettop that is running Windows 8 or Windows 10
Basically all you require is the drivers on Windows Update and the Coprocessor driver from this blog post, enjoy using a modern version of Windows on your legacy Nvidia ION Nettop.