Try precaching something first with SD itself, i.e. go to the map and click the Virtual Earth button, then go back to the digimod and try again...
Bembowe, isn't this off by one?
index = InStr(1,path,"StreetDeck")
getVEPath = Mid(path,1,index + 10) <-- do you want 11 here
Or atleast add a trailing "\" It's been a while since I did any VB code so I am not sure if this is off or not, just thought I'd ask...
Awesome job, by the way, my computer is not exactly cooperating but screenshots looks sweet - I will try it out first thing tomorrow!
p.s. you shouldn't need .net for this, afaik.
p.s.s. that digimod screen shot during installation is of the sd dev environment, is that just because you did not have enough time?