I want to install SQL2000 developers edition on windows XP with SP3 using a servicesql account. During the installation, i enter the username, password, and domain but i always receive this message when i try to continue: "The logon account cannot be validated for the SQL server service. Verify that the user name and password entered are correct. The logon attempt failed." If i choose Local system account the installation will let me continue. How can I go about installing SQL 2000 on this windows XP SP3 box. If it make a difference..this is a vmware VM.