thx.. that works, but I don't understand 'why'..
how does the compiler know NOT to require the Win32 module in this case, but in my existing source, with no explicit use statement it does?
anyhow.. now I have the same problem with TieRegistry
the doc says 'new(keyname)' should work,
and then there are a bunch of functions off the handle..
but I get Autoload is deprecated. or open not found.
then must be some easy, clear way to handle this. without having to know the internals of every package.