|I need to activate and register my copy of windows xp home edition before I can logon to windows, |
You shouldn't have to. At least, I never have had to and I've installed both XP Home and Pro.
How do I configure when asked for internet connections?
That depends, do you use DHCP or static IP's in your network?
If DHCP, set your interface to DHCP. If static, have all the appropriate TCP/IP settings ready before you begin your install (ie: Address, Subnet Mask, DNS and Gateway IP's).