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What if it doesn't...?

So you typed in perl and you didn't see My first Perl script on the screen. If you saw "bad command or filename" then either you haven't installed Perl or perl.exe is not in your path. Probably the latter. Reboot, then try again.

If you saw Can't open perl script "": No such file or directory then perl is defintely installed, but you have either got the name of the script wrong or the script is not in the same directory as where you are trying to run it from. For example, maybe you saved in script in c:\windows and you are in c:\scripts so of course Perl complains it can't find the script. Could you? Well, don't expect Perl to then. You don't have to run the script from the directory in which it resides, but it is easier.