I juste update install TexLive 2017 on my windows system today (I was using TL 2015 until now). I am using (last version 2.12.8) texstudio as an editor.

My MWE is working well when I open an new document. However when I try to compile documents created with TL 2015, I have many errors.

I cn't understand why things seem to work with the new document while getting so messy with the previous documents.

The log file indicate many ! Undefined control sequence.

I also get a file called: myfile.bbl which indicate the following things that I don't understand:

% $ biblatex auxiliary file $
% $ biblatex bbl format version 2.5 $
% Do not modify the above lines!
% This is an auxiliary file used by the 'biblatex' package.
% This file may safely be deleted. It will be recreated by
% biber as required.
     {Missing 'biblatex' package}
 {The bibliography requires the 'biblatex' package.}
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    Did you remove the temporary files before you compiled with the new version? The .bbl, .bcf and .aux files were written by an older version of the package and can cause problems. If you delete them and recompile things should work. – moewe Apr 12 '18 at 13:28
  • Somewhat related tex.stackexchange.com/q/410512/35864 – moewe Apr 12 '18 at 13:46
  • If we are talking about the temporary file to be find here C:\Users\myself\AppData\Local\Temp\etc..., yes I did delete it (several times) without success with compilation. – mailysmanu Apr 12 '18 at 13:57
  • ok I understand your point and it seems to be working – mailysmanu Apr 12 '18 at 14:01
  • Mhh, actually I was talking about the .bbl, .bcf, .aux files in the same directory as your .tex file with the same basename as your .tex file. Like the myfile.bbl you show us. These temporary files are created by TeX to 'remember' certain things between compilations or to communicate between Biber and biblatex. If you compile a document that was previously compiled with an older version of biblatex there will be a version mismatch.- – moewe Apr 12 '18 at 14:01

Delete the temporary .aux, .bbl and .bcf files. Then recompile from scratch with the full LaTeX-Biber-LaTeX-LaTeX sequence.

These temporary files are used to communicate between biblatex and Biber or to remember things between LaTeX runs. They often contain internal macros whose structure may change between biblatex versions. See Matching biblatex in two machines. Since the temporary files are automatically re-created if you do a full LaTeX-Biber-LaTeX-LaTeX run, it is safe to delete them and then just do a full compilation run.

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