1. On Internet Explorer, if you use the standard download window, you will be given a window that says: "Save As". Simply use the drop down menu at the top of the screen in the "Save In" line, then choose the place where you want it to be saved..
On Firefox, click on "Tools", "Options", select the "Downloads" tab, then select whether you want it to "Ask me each time" or "Save All Files to this folder" and browse to the correct folder for your preferred download location.
2. On Windows XP, simply set up multiple user accounts and make the roommate a "limited user".(All users set up as admin accounts have full access so you'll need to set up the roomie with a limited account.) If you are set up as a user with admin rights with a separate log in account, then the limited user can't access your desktop to view any downloads. To set up other user accounts, open the Control Panel, double click on the "User Accounts" icon, then "Create a New Account" for the roomie. After setting the name of the account, then make sure the roomie is a "Limited user".
Hope this helps.
1) How do i change where my downloads go to? They automatically download to the desktop now, how do i change that.
2)Also, ive asked a few times but havent got a good answer yet on how to make things i download such as mp3s, progs, etc viewable only when im logged on to my account. Like say i download a program while im on my account, i dont want my roomie to be able to use it when he is logged on to his account or even see it. I have admin powers by the way. I hope my question makes sense. But thanks for the help everyone.