Sorry, for trying to help.
My experiences of using IPC::Run on windows are dire. It is an over-engineered behemoth of a module that attempts to use *nix techniques to provide *nix capabilities on Windows, and fails dismally.
The point about winopen2 is that it provides you with a pair of selectable handles connected to the child process' STDIN & STDOUT.
Ie. you'd only need do something like:
But, its not in a module so ...
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