CPAN can be configured to auto-follow dependencies, ask you, or skip them. It sounds like yours is set for the latter - you can change it as follows from inside the CPAN program (the second line makes the change permanent):
o conf prerequisites_policy follow
o conf commit
That said, that won't get around the lack of a default compiler on Windows. If you have one, A Practical Guide to Compiling C based Modules under ActiveState using Microsoft C++ and its subsequent comments are a good guide. Strawberry Perl is also worth a look at (though be aware of the 'alpha release' note):
Strawberry Perl is part of the Vanilla Perl Project to provide a binary
distribution of Perl for the Windows operating system. It includes a
bundled compiler and pre-installed modules that offer the ability to
install XS CPAN modules directly from CPAN.
The purpose of the Strawberry Perl series is to provide a practical
Win32 Perl environment for experienced Perl developers to experiment
with and test the installation of various CPAN modules under Win32
conditions, and to provide a useful platform for doing real work.
Hope that helps.
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