06-28-2011 11:58 AM
Like all previous versions of Windows, Windows 7 has the standard "Paint" program. However, for photo editing, you can download Microsoft's Live Photo Gallery as part of the Live Essentials package. Personally, I think it does a good job for basic photo edits and fixes, but the entire "Live" experience can be a bit annoying (log-in/user account required to access all the live features, but photo gallery will work without a Live account). To get it (and other Live Essentials programs) go to www.microsoft.com and select the "Downloads" section under the search bar, or just search for Live Essentials on the Microsoft website.
For more advanced editing/users, you may also like "Gimp 2", an open source graphics/photo editing software solution similar to Adobe Photoshop. Gimp 2 is available through www.gimp.org , along with additional plug-ins to expand the features.
For my truly important photo editing, I use Adobe Lightscribe 3. It is great for perfecting photos, but it is pricey.
Live Photo Gallery will do most, if not all, photo edits the typical consumer would use, it is easy to use, and it's free.