I've got a Windows 2000 Server and 7 Windows 2000 workstations. Each workstation has Adobe Illustrator 8, 9, and 10 (10 is used most often). When you open up Illustrator on a workstation (any version), go to file -> open, and try to choose an .eps file from the main graphics directory on the file server, illustrator will freeze for 5-10 minutes after selecting a file and then proceed to open it normally.
If you try to open the file directly from the server (i.e. though explorer, double clicking the file that you want) it opens up right away with no freezing whatsoever. This happens with any file in that directory and with any of the 3 versions of illustrator.
I also found, as a workaround, that if you take one of these files and move it to another directory, then you can open it just fine through Illustrator, without the freezing. The directory size is approx. 6 GB and there are approx 40 files. Is there some sort of limitation here with Windows 2000 Server? Is there some registry setting or tweak that can be applied? The workaround works (by dividing all the files up rather than having them in the same directory), but what I really need to know is why this is happening.