in reply to CPAN config problem under WIN XP
"Program Files" is also known as "Progra~1". You can go into your CPAN config file and modify all of the former to the latter and it should work.
(Again I wonder which genius at MicroSoft decided to make the default install location be a place the the OS cannot easily use??)
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