SQL Server Configuration Manager – WMI Provider Error – “Invalid Parameter [0x80041008]”


For a project that I am working on, I need to change the Service Account for SQL Server Agent.


Best Practice

Best practice is to to use SQL Server Configuration Manager to do so and so let us launch and use it.


SQL Server Configuration Manager


Here are the steps:

  1. Launch SQL Server Configuration Manager
  2. Access the SQL Server Services node
    • Choose the Service
    • In our case, SQL Server Agent (MSSQLSERVER)
  3. Current Service Account
    • The current Service Account is “Local System
  4. Choose the targeted User
    • Access the “Log On” as Tab
    • Choose the “This account” option button
    • Click the “Browse” button
      • The “Select User or Group” window appears
        • Click the “Advanced Button
        • Click the “Find Now” Button
        • Choose the Account
          • In our case “NETWORK SERVICE
  5. Apply Choice
    • Back in the “Log On” Tab
    • Now that have our target User, let us apply it
    • Review the account in the “Log On” textbox
    • Click the “Apply” Button
  6. Confirm Account Change
    • Upon clicking the “Apply” button, we are greeted with the “Confirm Account Change” dialog
    • The message reads “This will cause the service to be restarted.  Do you wish to continue
    • And, we reply YES
  7. Errored
    • Unfortunately, we received an error stating “Message :- Invalid Parameter [0x80041008]




Built-in Account ( Original Setting )


Select User or Group



SelectED User or Group



Apply Selected Account



Confirm Account Change



Error – WMI Provider Error – Invalid Parameter [0x80041008]





Header :- WMI Provider Error
Message :- Invalid Parameter [0x80041008]


The error is that when we choose an Account, the system expects us to supply a password.

For so called system accounts, please do not choose “This Account” option button.

But instead, please choose the “Built-In Account” option button.




Currently, the available Built-in accounts are:

  1. Local System
  2. Local service
  3. Network Service

We chose Network Services.

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