Keysight PNA Windows 10 Upgrade


Taking orders now.

Keysight Technologies is now taking orders for the N8985A Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade kit for all the "B" model PNAs. These are the units with the 12.4-inch display and grey chassis, as shown on the right. These orders will start shipping at the end of October. The cost of the upgrade depends on the region, and is affected by the exchange rate, shipping, import duties, etc. A formal quote is required to get the current price. For approximate budgeting, use $1350 within the U.S.

The Windows 10 version used is: Enterprise 2016 LTSB (Long Term Support Branch.)

New PNA orders ordered now will include Windows 10. A serial number prefix break has been implemented for this change. The serial prefix is changing from 5718 to 5842. Some instruments that were built in October 2018, but shipped in December, will have the old serial prefix but include Windows 10. This is to be expected for any major change like this.

Windows 10 upgrades will not be available for the older "A" models. However, most "A" models can be upgraded to a "B" model. See our "A"-to-"B" Model Upgrade page for more information on this process. This kit now includes the Windows 10 operating system.

Upgrade Process

The upgrade kit will consist of a new SSD mounted on a slide-in tray. The installation process will simply consist of replacing the current SSD with the new one; anyone can do this in less than 1 minute. Once powered on, several reboots may be needed and you will be required to agree to various licenses. After a few minutes the PNA should be fully functional.

In most cases, this upgrade will NOT affect the calibration of the PNA.
There are two exceptions:

  • On N5231B and N5232B models, there may be a required Global Delta Match calibration file located on the hard drive
  • On any PNA with the TDR option (Opt 011), there is a System Default Calibration file also located on the hard drive

The included instructions will cover how to transfer these file to the new SSD so that a new calibration does not need to be performed. However, it would certainly not hurt to perform a new calibration either; both calibrations are pretty simple to perform.

Of course, if you want to keep any existing files, instrument states, cal kits, etc. then you may want to save them off to a flash drive before removing the original SSD. Possible files that you may want to retain are listed on our Windows 7 upgrade page under "Transfer any Desired Existing Files". Use the Win-7 file locations for both the source and destination.

Last Updated: 24 Oct 2018