Keysight PNA Windows 10 Upgrade


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Keysight Technologies is offering 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. 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 LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel)

All new PNAs include Windows 10. A serial number prefix break - 5842 - was implemented for this change.

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 consists of a new SSD mounted on a slide-in tray. The installation process simply consists 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 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: 05 Jan 2020