Born in Dortmund/Germany.
He studied at the Academy for Ballet in Cologne (Institute for Stagedance) from 1985 to 1987. Between 1988 and 1993 he was a member of the Munich Opera Acrobats.
Starting in 1992 Windgätter studied philosophy, German language and cultural science in Munich, Los Angeles and Berlin. In 2004 he completed his Ph.D. at the Humboldt University of Berlin on writing, font and writing utensils in the work of Friedrich Nietzsche.
Since 2002 Windgätter teaches at the Humboldt University (Institute for Art- and Cultural Science), at the Brandenburgische Technical University Cottbus (Culture and Technics) and at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Field of Media Science). His main interests are theory of language, aesthetics, history of science and media.
Since April 2007 Windgätter is postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His research topic is the relationship between text layout and the production of knowledge, exemplified on the layout strategies of the Viennese International Psychoamalytical Publishing House (1919-1938).