Books Online tells me ... make sure you have administrator permissions on the computer where SQL Server will be installed.
Based on the principle of using the lowest possible user rights is it possible to safely install SQL Server 2005 using an account or group that has the required level of privileges but no more.
I have read Books Online for example to ... always run SQL Server services by using the lowest possible user rights. I am trying to figure is it reasonable to take the same approach at installation time
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