Thanks guys. Yeah, I went into the VS dl section and looked at the subscription requirements. It looks like you only get it if you already have some version of VS or some other special products I don't recognize.
Honestly though, VB 2010 Express should be more than adequate, and from a quick look at the licensing agreement, it seems that you can redistribute some components if you develop something.
I had used an early version of VB (3 or 4 I think) and I liked it, but I probably did more actual coding with Crystal Reports. That was a long time ago though so I'm going through a really nice tutorial on VB now. It's on another rig at the moment and I haven't sync'd bookmarks yet so I don't have it right now (plus I'm on Chrome at the moment).