16-bit is a computer device or program capable of transferring 16 bits of data at a time. For example, early computer processors (e.g., 8088 and 80286) were 16-bit processors, meaning they could work with 16-bit binary numbers (decimal numbers up to 65,535). Anything larger and the computer would need to break the number into smaller pieces.
16-bit binary values
Below are the decimal values of each bit in a 16-bit binary number that can store a maximum of 65,535 numbers. See our binary page for further information and help with binary.
16-bit with video
With a computer video card or graphics card, 16-bit color or high color refers to the number of colors capable that can be displayed. For example, 16-bit is the same as 65,536 colors.
Examples of 16-bit programs
Below is a listing of different applications shipped with Windows 95 that are 16-bit applications.
- FreeCell (FREECELL.EXE)
- Microsoft Hearts Network (MSHEARTS.EXE)
- Solitaire (SOL.EXE)
- Character Map (CHARMAP.EXE)
- Chat (WINCHAT.EXE)
- Clipboard Viewer (CLIPBRD.EXE)
- Dialer (DIALER.EXE)
- Disk Defragmenter (DEFRAG.EXE)
- DriveSpace (DRVSPACE.EXE)
- ScanDisk for Windows (SCANDSKW.EXE)
- System Configuration Editor (SYSEDIT.EXE)
- Program Manager (PROGMAN.EXE)
- Windows 95 Tour (TOUR.EXE)
- Windows Version (WINVER.EXE)
- Windows Popup (WINPOPUP.EXE)