I had a similar frustration when I installed ActiveState 5.14.2 on my new work machine.
Many of the PPM modules are not available and the PDK graphical Perl debugger does not run under Win64
So I finally installed the 32-bit and haven't looked back. I still kept the 64-bit version on the machine but I never use it
From the ActiveState documentation at:
Side-by-Side x64 and x86 Installation: On 64 bit operating systems which support 32 bit compatibility, both x86 and x64 versions of ActivePerl can be installed on the same system as long as they are installed in separate directories. The Windows MSI installer will suggest the following default directories to keep them separate:
- Windows x64: C:\Perl64
- Windows x86: C:\Perl
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