Need to change MSSQL service accounts to run as a different user

OS is Win2k3.

I added the user to the list in the "Allowed to logon as service" Policy on the server in question but when I changed the credentials and restarted the services it threw me an error saying access denied.
J CAsked:
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Make sure your service account has execute permission on the directory SQL is installed in.  Also, you can use Process Monitor ( and set a filter for the SQL directory, and find out exactly what is reporting an 'access denied' error.

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J CAuthor Commented:
I did what you suggested and gave the appropriate permissions on the ms sql installation directory and also to the related registry keys. I used procmon when trying to bring the services up under the new service account and it never reported any type of errors or "access denied". It just times out, windows reports that the a response was not received with the expected amount of time.
J CAuthor Commented:
The only thing that worked after making the changes you and other articles I've found suggested was to make the service account a local administrator account.
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