Below is a simple step-by-step guide on how to install Strawberry Perl on Microsoft Windows 7. The instructions should work on most versions of Windows from XP and up.
The instructions are supported by a series of screenshots. I've made all the (uncropped) screenshots available for easy reference/download.
Start Internet Explorer and open the Strawberry Perl website:
Click on one of the recommended download links, based on whether you're using 32 bit or 64 bit Windows. A dialog will ask you if you want to run or save the file. Just click Run:
The download will start:
When download is ready, the installation will start:
Strawberry Perl is Open Source and you'll need to accept the terms by clicking the checkmark before clicking Next:
The default location to install is c:\strawberry\, you should not need to change that, unless you have another disk and want to use that. Do not use directory names with spaces like c:\Program Files\. Click Next:
Now we're ready to install, click Install:
The installation will start:
You might get a warning from Windows, asking you if you want to install third party software, just click Yes:
Now the installation will really start:
After a short time it's ready, click Finish:
The README will open, you might want to read it:
Notice that new programs have been installed. There's a "Perl (command line)" entry on the Start Menu, click on that:
A terminal (or DOS Prompt if you like) will open. Try writing perl --version followed by Return (note there are two dashes before "version"). Perl should print out a short version and copyright statement:
That's it! You now have Perl installed on your Windows computer.
You might want to try the classic Hello World program in Perl.