Problem lies in that Windows-10 was officially released well after ST7.
I'm confused,...so the school has made the upgrade to Win10, then it seems a bit silly to leave application like Solid Edge on an older version also. Especially when it is also free to do so.
ST8 will run on the same computer system as one that was previously running ST7. I'm not sure what the incompatibility issue could be in relation to.....I have heard no reports of anything specific to this combination.
Maybe you could upload your crash log file here, and someone could take a look.