in reply to Installing PAR pp
Please can you paste your output. Just a thought, I presume you have a C compiler installed - you'll need one to build PAR from source. MS Visual Studio and C++ 6 works. If you're having trouble going down this route, try Strawberry Perl - although it's alpha, it really works with CPAN out of the box!
If you are going down the PPM route, please bear it in mind that the version of PAR in ActiveState's repository is pretty ancient - you might want to look around other repositories.