I have a World that I have backups going back years. I would move the World back and forth between my laptop and desktop and have never had a problem. The only change was the update to v1.13.1 on my desktop. I can open the world on my laptop with v1.4.2 but when I try to open it on my desktop v1.13.1 it will crash on loading. I have gone back and tried 5 older copies (each different) and they will only load on my laptop v1.4.2 and not on my desktop v1.13.1.
I have updated my video drivers, I have no mods with Minecraft, and I am out of ideas on what to try.