Yes, ppsimple.pl proved helpful. It revealed my problem to be an absence of the module Proc::Background in my system, which apparently pp needs but the *.pl didn't.
Indeed, excellent! I had to force-install that one, then install a few others, until ... at last ... ppsimple.pl ran out of errors to report and just followed through to make my now-working *.exe so thanks heaps!
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