Can't Access Musescore Files

• Nov 23, 2020 - 20:48

I downloaded in 2014. I have composed and stored dozens of songs in musescore since that time. All of a sudden, three days ago, I am no longer able to access my files. I'm still using 3.1 because the learning curve was so steep when I first learned that that I haven't wanted to learn a new iteration of How can I access my files? Do I need to upload the newest version of musescore?

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In reply to by Shoichi

No, I've printed most of them. However, I leave them online in case I want to tweak them. I went to a file a few days ago to tweak it, as I'm going to be performing it for a Christmas program, only to be told repeatedly, "Session quit unexpectedly. Do you want to restore it?" Countless times, I clicked both "Yes, restore" and No, don't restore", but I was never able to access the file. This has never happened before. I now appear to be locked out of files. I am able to access the PDF and flac audio files, but not the musescore files. I save all three--musescore file, PDF, and flac audio file--every time I make any changes.

Why am I unable to access my musescore files? Any ideas?

Kathy Busch

In reply to by kathyannbusch

No idea why your MuseScore would now crash all of a sudden, are you sure it still is your old MuseScore 1.3?
Try reverting it to factory settings, see

If for some reason you updated to MuseScore 3.x recently, you might have fallen fould of a bug, see

But that would have left your old 1.3 in place, see

As far as I can tell you don't have any public scores on, I don't see any at
So if you have scores there, then only private ones

You surely never ever downloaded, that is a website... (and you're a member there only since 2015, MuseScore 2.0 got released in March 2015)

stored in musescore
What does that mean, the MuseScore program on your PC, or on, the score sharing website?

That score is from MuseScore 1.3, not 3.1.
MuseScore 1.x can't use save online anymore, and since quite long, a couple years meanwhile, but you can upload and update them directly on, as far as I know.

You can still use MuseScore 1.3, I do still use it to at times, but you won't be able to use it to read in any scores created with MuseScore 2.x or 3.x.

In reply to by kathyannbusch

Sounds like your file contains an error that is triggering a crash in your old version of MuseScore. There have been tens of thousands of bug fixes since then. So the most sensible thing to do would be to update. In addition to the tens of thousands of fixed bugs, there are lots of great new features, but the basics haven't changed at all. The few difference you'll get used to quickly, and feel free to ask here if you need help.

In reply to by kathyannbusch

Well, there is nothing to "transfer" - files are files. Point MuseScore at the same folder and it will see the same files. But you might want to copy them from the folder where they are now to the folder the current version defaults to (Documents/MuseScore3/Scores). That's kind of up to you and how you like to organize your files.

But in any case, the current version can certainly open the older files. The reverse is not true.

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