Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has barred students and faculty from using the trial version of Microsoft’s new Windows 7 operating system on school computers, InformationWeek reports. "Do not install new Microsoft beta release," states a warning from Georgetown’s IT group. "Installing any beta version of software is extremely risky." In the warning, Georgetown’s University Information Services department repeats Microsoft advisories that the beta version of Windows 7 could disable antivirus software and cause printers, video cards, and other hardware components to function incorrectly. Georgetown says it will support the final version of Windows 7 after it’s released and has been thoroughly tested. Windows 7 is expected to be available later this year or in early 2010. The beta version can be downloaded for free directly from Microsoft until Feb. 10. Georgetown’s warning highlights the risk facing IT departments if students or workers, possibly as a result of their dissatisfaction with Vista, download Windows 7 Beta without authorization…

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