Running Spinrite as routine maintenance on a windows machine after hours automatically

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Jan 17, 2024
As a longtime user of SpinRite 6.0 and now 6.1 (THANKS STEVE!!!!) I do routine maintenance on all of my systems running around with my USB drive.

I have setup a batch file to run Spinrite from boot up of my USB drive and scan the first two drives and run Level 2 on them, then shutdown when done. Works great.

BUT, I would like to work a way that I can schedule these do be done automatically. (i.e. task scheduler, to shutdown the system and come back up with spinrite, run the batch then when done reboot back into windows. ) I see windows and other utilities from time to time (over the years) that would somehow reboot into another image, perform a function and then return to windows. (Most of the time these are BIOS updates from Windows, for example)

Is it possible for this to be done with SpinRite?