Thanks for the suggestion!
I did all those three steps and still got the error.
After troubleshooting a bit, it seems like the scene I had possibly ran out of GPU ram and forcefully killed the license server.. if that makes sense?
I was using fur and fog at the same time which I guess eats a lot of memory. I hoped the 2080rtx 12gb would handle more then what I experienced.
Let me know if there are any similar experiences with RAM issues and license failing