Yeah, going from any OS to Windows 8 is a downgrade indeed! No pressure here, but why can’t you just go to Windows 10? If any OS is constantly hardened against security violations is Win10. Yes, Microsoft has been conservative about the hardware that can handle Win10 ( no PC older than 2013, and so on). I have two old HP laptops, one with an Intel Celeron CPU and 4GB of RAM. Other than some minor “senior moments” they run well on Win10. Cyberspace has become a “No Man’s Land” and you need a strong, defensible operating system.