I use PhotoScape. It's a free photo processing program that is more than adequate for basic photo manipulation. You can do a quick web search and see reviews of it.
I've tried or used probably a dozen photo programs, including Photoshop Elements, and this one is simpler and faster than most, and the price is right. I tried a few other free programs, too, but much prefer this one. You can download it at www.photoscape.org
It really depends on whether you need the complex, detailed capabilities of Photoshop, or just want a simpler, easy program.
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