Hello! Most likely, you're trying to open a scene on another computer where the 3ds Max younger version than the one which created the scene. Moreover, probably, at the opening of the scene on the other computer, 3ds Max gives you an error message that you're likely to ignore, not just closing vchityvayas. Then, 3ds Max simply opens a new stage, as your scene, he could not open. So you can think that your scene is empty, it really is a new scene, and your just not open at this max.
Of course, that's your scene opens on a new computer, you need to make sure that there will be installed 3ds Max as old computer or or newer.