A quick search on the Internet revealed that I wasn't alone in having problems with the speed of iTune 9 64 bit with Windows 7 - it was incredibly slow when importing CDs.
The reported import speed was shown at about 1.2x - and not the 8x that I was used to on my old Windows XP PC which I already knew was slower than others.
But the reported speed didn't measure up to the real speed.
which was about 0.1x... perhaps even less.
Three hours after i first tried it, I stopped it on the fourth song.
It seemed just another of those frustrations I was receiving my with new, much more powerful PC (see Firefox 3.6.3 & Google Toolbar).
I thought Windows 7 was supposed to be much better than the previous Windows... the name escapes me at the moment. i heard it was rubbish and stuck with XP.
At these speeds itunes and may iPad become impossible to update unless I'm prepared to leave the PC running overnight.
When I searched for Windows 7 and itunes problems, I didn't receive much encouragement.
Starting in "safe model" by pressing the Ctrl and Shift keys made no difference at all.
Some of the other techie stuff was beyond my skill level... in fact I didn't understand quite a lot of what was writing about the Windows 7 Itunes 9 problem.
So I reverted back to the old trusty technique of deinstalling iTunes 126.96.36.199 and reinstalling it.
And when I was watching the deinstall, I saw various warnings that things hadn't installed properly.
That at least gave me hope.
So I reinstalled and watched the screen carefully looking for any error messages.;
None came through.
Time to test Windows 7 and iTunes 188.8.131.52 again.
And it was still incredibly slow.
But looking at the Windows open, there was one which I hadn't closed telling me that iTunes had installed correctly.
I closed that window.
Tried the CD again.
The slowness problem of iTunes 9 and Windows 7 was gone.
The fastest speed I've seen so far is 15.4x... much better than I was getting on my old XP.
If you are seeing very slow importing speeds with iTunes 9 on your new PC, I recommend that you do the same as I did.
I was losing hope.
De-install and re-install is a nuisance.
Especially if you have to do it several times because iTunes isn't designed for Windows.
But eventually I think you'll succeed.
I did and if I can, so can you.