I tried to reproduce your problem in Win2k with ActivePerl 5.6.1 and on WinXP with ActivePerl 5.6.0, 5.6.1, 5.8.0 and 5.8.8 using
perl -e "system('start /min notepad');"
but it worked fine every time. Could you provide more info, such as the code you are using?
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