FWIW (and I'm even iggeranter than you in this respect): my (32-bit) win config, which seems to be identical to yours and runs an identical version of perl (see above), gives the same response as yours to the esoteric query suggested by BrowserUK:
C:\>reg query HKLM\Software\Classes\Perl\Shell\Open\Command
(Default) REG_SZ "C:\Perl\bin\perl.exe" "%1" %*
And yet, I get the expected output from your program.
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