Windows Activation records ALL hardware installed at the time of Activation - in the form of a hash.
It's good practice to only have minimal necessary hardware attached at that time, as changing from a external NIC to an internal one can trigger a re-activation request.
In your circumstances, I would recommend connecting to your network using the built-in Ethernet adaptor until after activation.
Do NOT use any BIOS option to disable the connector - if you need for some strange reason to disable the Ethernet connection, use the Windows options, as this preserves the activation status.
So long as you use Windows options to disable the adaptor, then there should be no problem.