You will need a programming cable to go with it also. I would check Scannermaster's website to find the correct cable to connect your computer to the scanner;
With a premium membership here at radio reference you can download directly from the database to the software, then upload to the scanner. This is much easier than programming by hand, especially with trunk systems which you will absolutely need to hear just about all Public Safety here on the Cape. I may even have a pre-built software file I can send you.
Your WS1040 is really a GRE PSR-500 in another box, so anything written for a 500 will apply to your 1040. There is also a link at the bottom for the Easier to Read manual which some folks find easier to use.
There are 3 programming packages for this radio (nothing free, I'm afraid)...ARC500, PSREdit500 and Win500. The links for these can be found in the Object Oriented Scanner Software article, which is linked in section 3 (Onto the Real Question). All 3 have a 30 day trial period...
I have tried downloading starrsoft but my Norton Antivirus wont let me access that. I have tried manually programing and flubbed that up and now I cannot clear what I did. I am on Cape Cod, is there someone I could take this Whistler WS 1040 to and have programed for a fee? I am 70 yrs old disabled Vietnam Veteran and it is all over my head.
Many thanks to Junior08 for all the help and explanations he was great. If it wasn't for him I would have gotten so frustrated I would have returned the scanner, deeming myself too old for these new electronics.
Had an awesome day listening and making notes.