Whether you use Starter Edition or not, your photos remain wherever you intially put them, on your hard drive. To get to them without using Starter Edition, you can navigate your file system using Windows Explorer. They are typically in your My Documents>My Pictures folder. Here is a handy How-To that you could refer to to find photos on your system: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/maintain/filemgmt.mspx#3
Hope that helps.