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problem opening multiple web pages in multiple tabs in IE7

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Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I wrote a simple batch file to open up eight html pages. I want them to open up in multiple tabs in the same browser. I have ie set to use the tabs. When I click on the bat file it does something weird...
It opens up page one in an IE browser.
Then, it opens page two in a second browser.
Then, it just sits there, in the middle of the bat file with the cursor blinking at me stupidly.
If I close the second browser, it opens pages three through eight in the first (still open) browser.
If I close the first browser, it does nothing. I have to then close the second browser too. Then, report three opens in it's own browser. I close it. Report four opens the same way. This happens with each of the following pages. Can someone explain to me what's happening? The code is (basically) as follows:

start iexplore.exe \\server\Reports\page1.html
\\server\Reports\page2.html
\\server\Reports\page3.html
\\server\Reports\page4.html
\\server\Reports\page5.html
\\server\Reports\page6.html
\\server\Reports\page7.html
\\server\Reports\page8.html

start iexplore.exe \\server\Reports\page1.html
\\server\Reports\page2.html
\\server\Reports\page3.html
\\server\Reports\page4.html
\\server\Reports\page5.html
\\server\Reports\page6.html
\\server\Reports\page7.html
\\server\Reports\page8.html

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