hsfrey has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Is there a simple document somewhere that explains how to download and install modules from CPAN onto Windows systems?

Every method I try fails.

The perlmodinstall doc had me download nmake.exe, which blows up with a syntax error when I try to use it ("missing a bracket", it says.)

I have the pm I want on the computer, but, wherever I put it (in @INC) my programs can't find it.

Is there any reason the process just to download a subroutine has to be so baroque? Elsewhere, entire massive programs are downloaded with a single click. The particular module I'm looking for is MATH::Random.