Slow VMware in Bridged network

I started noticing severe slowness in network performance when a Guest operating system(particularly Windows 2000 Server) is started in Bridged mode. To fix this,disable the TCP Offload engine as a shown here:
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1006619

After restarting the host OS, both the networks in host and guest were back to full speed.