What's the difference between herpes and tiny boils?

Bacterial vs viral. Boils are bacterial infections of hair follicles, herpes is a viral infection that affects skin among other organs.
Virus vs bacteria. Herpes is caused by virus which can be treated by antivirals such as zovirax (acyclovir). Boils are caused by bacteria such as staph and strep and are treated by oral or topical antibiotics.Occasionally herpes can become secondarily infected with bacteria superimposed on herpes infection.
Many. Herpes simplex generally does not produce boils. These are usually caused by bacteria. Herpes may produce small blisters which then unroof and have an underlying shallow ulcer.