I am not 100% sure about item 2 but I think you could. Remember though, PlexTools can control a lot more than just SpeedRead. It also controls all other features of the drive (VariRec, PoweRec, SilentMode, GigaRec, SecuRec, etc.). Anyway, just try it. Save the settings to your drive, close PlexTools, reboot, once the OS is loaded open your drive and insert a DVD-Video disc and start Nero CD-DVD Speed for example and do a read speed test (F2).