and for the record I have tried many different audio recording software to ensure the problem was only with my computer and not the program. My old recording setup was a USB guitar pedal and ACID PRO 7.0 which I never had any problems with. Suddenly this same setup caused serious latency in multi track recording with my new computer.
I have also tried with my computer microphone and the problem persists. I have googled this problem endlessly, tried various tweaks and settings and audio software and have barely noticed an improvement. my various audio recording programs do have a way of adjusting latency but I have no idea what setting they should be at, and experimenting with these settings have only caused me headache after headache.
basically if I record a rhythm track with my guitar, if I record a second track on top of it it's always out of sync with the first track. I have read on google countless people using windows 7 with the same problem and nobody seems to have a solution. believe me, I am not a beginner to using computers. usually with trial and error I can solve most basic computer related problems, but this honestly has me stumped. I'm seriously at the point where I'm considering buying a crappy windows xp computer just so I can record music again
windows 7 is supposedly an upgrade to XP, yet XP was about a thousand times easier to use for recording music. I would do anything just to have my old recording setup back.